Tashyanna Owens Named Youth Of The Year


From Special Reports

Tashyanna Owens was named the 2020-2021 Youth of the Year for Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club.

The honor was recently announced by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta.The prestigious Youth of the Year award is BGCMA’s highest honor, recognizing teens from clubs in the metro Atlanta area who are working hard, investing in themselves, and demonstrating leadership in their schools, communities, Clubs, and career pursuits.

This year, winners from more than 10 Boys & Girls Club locations will be honored at the first-ever Livestream 2020 Youth of the Year Experience on Friday, Nov. 6, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. RSVP here to join BGCMA’s most anticipated event of the year – https://2020YOY.givesmart.com

The Livestream Youth of the Year Experience, presented by Bank of America, is free to the public and will feature speeches from top teen leaders, community supporters, and live entertainment. As the culminating moment, one teen will be crowned Metro Atlanta Youth of the Year – the organization’s most prestigious honor.

This year’s theme, Voices of Our Communities, speaks to how BGCMA teens are stepping up and serving as leaders in driving positive change.

“I’m truly inspired by our teens’ commitment to making positive change in their own lives, as well as the lives of their peers and the community around them,” said David Jernigan, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. “Despite the tough times we face as a nation, our teens continue to lead with confidence and compassion, and I’m excited to see their journey unfold. Our youth give us hope for the future.”

Other winners were:
Regina Martinez, A. Worley Brown Boys & Girls Club
Melissa “Nila” Smith, A.W. Tony Matthews Boys & Girls Club
Reginald Ray, A.R. Gus Barksdale Boys & Girls Club
Roderick Thomas, Jr., Camp Kiwanis Boys & Girls Club
Lizbeth Martinez, Chamblee Boys & Girls Club
Samuel Fambrough, Douglas County Boys & Girls Club
Jordan Gaskins, James T. Anderson Boys & Girls Club
Joshua Woods, Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club
Twilla Walton, Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club
Selena Edwards, Malon D. Mimms Boys & Girls Club
Kelcei Rivers, Michael A. Grant Boys & Girls Club
David Evans, Paulding County Boys & Girls Club
Janiya Bolden, Warren Boys & Girls Club

Local honorees participate in several months of intensive preparation for the final Youth of the Year competition. With help from dedicated mentors, teens fine tune skills related to interviewing, networking, writing, and public speaking.

For a full list of sponsors supporting Youth of the Year, please visit https://2020yoy.givesmart.com/Youth of the Year

Sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales, and night-of gifts help fund critical programs and initiatives at Clubs and provide post-secondary scholarships for kids and teens.There are many ways the public can support today.

▪ Attend Youth of the Year: https://2020YOY.givesmart.com
▪ Host a watch party: https://2020YOY.givesmart.com
▪ Become a sponsor: https://2020YOY.givesmart.com
▪ Spread the word: Follow Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta on social media. Include the hashtags #YouthOfTheYear, #BGCMA, and #VoicesForChange. For more information on how you can become involved in shaping great futures, visit http://www.bgcma.org/get_involved.

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