COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This week, we've been featuring the four finalists for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley's Youth of the Year award, including a Carver High School standout who is focused on helping others.
One look and you can tell she loves kids. Amiya Wright, a sophomore at Carver, was only six-years-old when she started attending the North Columbus Boys and Girls Club.
"I feel like I've matured a lot. When I was younger, I used to just run around," Amiya said.
After a decade with the organization, she knows it's made a difference for her. At The Boys and Girls Club, Amiya serves snacks in the kitchen and helps in the art and technology rooms.
"I'll do my homework first. If someone else needs help with their homework, I'll help them with their homework," Amiya said. "I feel like I'm making a difference maybe for that child.at home with no one to help them with their homework or read to them a bedtime story."
She also does plenty of reading for school with challenging honors classes. Amiya says balancing academics and extracurricular activities is easier, thanks to leadership skills she's learned through the Boys and Girls Club.
The Youth of the Year finalist told News Leader 9, "It (leadership skills learned at BGC) helps me also in school. In JROTC, I'm a Sgt, soon-to-be Staff Sgt."
This teen also finds time to volunteer in the community and read to kids at places like Head Start.
As someone who doesn't shy away from the spotlight, Amiya feels honored to be a Youth of the Year finalist, alongside three other worthy young women.
"We're all family and we're friends. There's never a dull moment with us. We're always having fun, laughing, and playing," she said.
Amiya also just started running on the Carver High track team.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley's Youth of the Year will be announced Thursday, Feb. 15 at the National Infantry Museum.