Boys and Girls Club
Newnan senior named Youth of Year
by Celia Shortt
Malik Wynn has spent the last 11 years being a part of the Newnan/Coweta Boys and Girls Club, and recently his commitment to the club and its ideals was honored as he was named 2013 Youth of the Year for his club.
To achieve this honor, you must be selected by various staff at the club. The staff makes its selection from those youths who have been named youth of the month a minimum number of times for the club. From there, three finalists are chosen. Wynn was selected from the three finalists for his club.
Wynn is 17 now and a senior at Newnan High School. He started coming to the club with his older sister when he was 6 years old.
“My sister started coming here,” he said. “I saw her get involved in activities. It made me want to.”
As to why he kept coming back to the club, Wynn said it was “because the environment was very friendly, and it was easy to make friends.”
Some of his favorite activities included the game room and teenage activities. But his favorite one was making music in the studio at the club. Another valuable one for him was College Bound. In that one, he was paired with a mentor who helped him prepare for life after high school.
Wynn is planning on attending college, and his mentor helped him figure out a career path, which schools were best suited for that career, and what tests, scores, and grades he needed to get there.
“I plan on attending college for music performance with a minor in business,” said Wynn. “My time [at the club] here has helped. It has given me more ideas on how to prepare and look at college.”
His top three choices for school are Florida A&M University, Point University, and Clayton State University.
Wynn’s 11 year investment in the club has helped him with more than just a career path and college choice. It has also allowed him to become a role model for others.
“I hope they see great character, the characteristics they see in me, they can instill in their lives,” he said. “When they look at me, (I hope) they see a great positive role model.”
Next year, Wynn will be at college, possibly living in another state. Even with that possibility, he plans on heading back to the Boys & Girls Club and spending time with the people he grew up with since he was 6 years old.
As the 2013 Youth of the Year for the Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club, Wynn is joining 19 others selected as youths of the year from clubs across the city to compete in the Metro Atlanta Youth of the Year event in November.