COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – LaKayla Carter has been crowned the winner of the 2017 Youth the Year.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley hosted its fourth annual Youth of the Year and Hall of Fame celebration on Thursday, Feb. 16.
LaKayla is from Jordan High School and during the event, she spoke about how the Boys and Girls Club not only changed her life but has helped prepare her for her future.
Several students competed for the Youth of the Year title including Destiny Baker, Tia Nick, MaKaylah Robinson and La'Kayla Carter.
"I am determined to see positivity come to light and the club is the light I am determined to spread...so when I ask you what does the future hold for the young woman who stands in front of you? I am someone who will beat the odds and I will not become a statistic and I have the club to thank for that," said LaKayla.
Being named the Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys and Girls Club member can receive. This title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member's family, school, community and Boys and Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles.
At the event, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley (BGCCV) honored a community leader whose contributions and successes had a significant impact on the development, evolution, and growth of the organization, as well as the community.
The late Ms. Janet Bowers Hollis, the first female member of the Board of Directors, was inducted into the BGCCV Hall of Fame during the 2017 Youth of the Year Celebration as the Service to Youth Inductee.
All proceeds raised from the event will go directly to support to the local Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley.
This event was sponsored by TSYS.