Mya Traylor has always been a standout and a hard worker. The senior at Eustis High School has plans to study to be an engineer and was recently named Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties.
This program seeks to honor the nation’s brightest and best young who not only aspire to greatness but also inspire others to do well too. Mya began attending BGCLSC in August 2013 and feels it has helped her in many ways.
“I have become a strong person, a better leader, and an advocate of character and integrity,” Mya says. “Boys & Girls Club has helped me make lifelong friends I will cherish forever and helped me become a positive influence on others through acts of volunteerism. “
As the new Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties, 17-year-old Mya is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by BGCA for her leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle. Mya is a member of the National Honor Society for the last three years and has played an integral role in Student Government and a part of the AFJROTC. Mya has also been on the basketball team since her freshman year and is actively involved in volunteering in her community. To add to the list of her achievements, Mya has maintained a 4.4 GPA while taking a rigorous course load.
“Mya is a great representation of BGCLSC and we are excited to watch her compete in the state competition next weekend”, said Kelsey Gonzalez, Interim CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties.
Now she’s headed to the state competition, and if she wins there, will go for the title of Southeast Region Youth of the Year and receive an addition $10,000 scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will go to Washington, DC, in September to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year, meaning they could win scholarship money renewable up to $100,000. The winner will also go to the White House to meet the President of the United States.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported BGCA for more than 50 years, empowering young people to reach their full potential and providing youth with access to the tools they need to build the great futures they imagine. Toyota, the Signature Sponsor of Youth of the Year, is committed to helping improve the quality of life in our communities and has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring youth have access to a quality education. Additional support is provided by the University of Phoenix, a national education partner that has joined with BGCA to impact academic success among youth across the country, and the Taco Bell Foundation, BGCA’s premier partner for teen empowerment.