Congratulations Ronny Monford
WCBGC Youth of the Year
Walton County Boys & Girls Club member Ronny Monford has been named the Youth of the Year, which is the highest honor bestowed upon youth within Boys & Girls Club.
Youth named to this title showcase exemplary core characters that Boys & Girls Clubs fosters -leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.
Monford will now compete for the organizational title for Boys & Girls Clubs of North Central Georgia in November and, if he wins, will compete for the state of Georgia Youth of the Year and a chance to win a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
“Being named the Walton County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, is an honor and privilege that I know Ronny will not take lightly and will represent our club with great dignity and grace,” Monica Trimble, Senior Executive Director of the Walton County Boys & Girls Club of North Central Georgia shared. “Ronny is a fixture at our Club for our younger members and his peers. He has the abilty to be a great leader and already is within our Keystone Club.”
Monford has helped increase our teen population an engagement in Key Club. He also was intstrumental in heloing the Club fundraise it’s way to the Keystone National Conference this year. And was selected to serve on the Keystone National Steering committee for BGCA.
“The Club has shown me the true potential that youth have in my community,” he shared. “ Before coming to WCBGC, I never considered the importance of knowing those in electied positions or those who advocate on my behalf. Now, through programs like Keystone, I know my city council members and board of education members by name. Often they will talk with me about my community or school and allow me to vocialize what could have a positive impact on students in Walton County.”
Monford says because of his experiences he wanted to give back to his local community and the Boys & Girls Club.
“I don’t know where I would be without this Club,” he said. “I’ve realized here what it means to be a real leader and the power of your voice. I realize that younger Club members look up to me and I have a responsibilty to do right by each of them.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year recognition program is presented by Disney, who has supported the youth advocacy organization 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 dedicated to inspiring the next generations of engineers, thinkers,andleaders who will help drive the American economy.
If Ronny wins at the organizationalcompetition,hewillreceive $1,000 and willmoveon to compete on the state level. If he wins there, is the title forSoutheast RegionalYouth of the Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, which is renewablefor four yearsup to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2019to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, which renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.