Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year: Finalist Destiny Baker

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Meet 17-year-old Destiny Baker from Carver High School, who now mentors and feeds others at the Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley.

"I've been involved in Boys and Girls Club for eight years now," Destiny said.

The Carver High School junior says the Boys & Girls Clubs has changed her for the better, opening doors for her and so many other kids.

Here, she helps lead a program called "Kids in the Kitchen" because she says all kids love to eat, and they're learning healthy habits.

"We'll have certain days where we'll cook stuff with different kids here, we'll have different recipes," Destiny said.

Her recipe for success includes having mentors and teens at the clubs help Destiny cope with heartbreak.

"Eight years ago, I was going through the death of my father," Destiny said. "That was a tragic turn in my life... so when I came to the Boys and Girls Club, I was able to push that aside."

Destiny says when she was younger, she was shyer and strictly focused on school, but the Boys and Girls Club opened her up to new relationships.

"Here at Boys & Girls Club, we have different relationships, if you need someone to go to just vent, you have that here," Destiny said. "If you need someone to help you with your homework, you have that here."

Destiny believes she's more well-rounded and willing to help others, like when they volunteer at Muscogee Manor.

At the clubs, she's learned life skills from interviews to time management, hoping to pass that on to others.

"I help them with their homework because some do struggle in school," Destiny said. "I give back and help them because that's what Boys and Girls Club did for me."

The winner of the 2017 Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year will be announced Thursday, Feb. 16 at the fourth annual celebration.

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