Native artist and teacher George Rivera first taught art at the Santa Fe Boys & Girls Club, which he joined at age 12, becoming the Club’s Boy of the Year in 1981. Lieutenant governor of New Mexico’s Pojoaque Pueblo since 1992, he has pursued community and economic development through art and education. He founded and designed the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum, an arts and education facility that promotes public understanding of Pueblo history and culture. Rivera is working to ensure a bright future for local youth as chairman of the board for the Pueblo of Pojoaque Boys & Girls Club, which he helped establish.
Ernest Stevens, Jr.
At age 15, Ernie Stevens drove a car, worked full-time and considered himself a grown man. His mentors at the Oneida Boys Club taught him how to be a kid again, he says. Club staff provided Ernie with much-needed male role models. They also gave him the chance to compete in sports, helped him develop self-discipline – and convinced him to return to school. Stevens has served as councilman for the Oneida Nation and a leader for the National Congress of American Indians. He is now chairman of the Indian Gaming Association and a respected Native American civil rights advocate who supports local Clubs.
PaaWee Rivera is a native of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, a Native American Tribe located north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. A graduate of Dartmouth College, PaaWee helps shape the way Tribal communities are respected and empowered through his work with the president and the White House. He helped launch the inaugural White House Tribal Nation Summit in 2021. He also led critical conversations on Native American policy at the Democratic National Committee and served as director and advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren. PaaWee and his father, George Rivera, are the first father and son to be inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Alumni Hall of Fame.