Derrick Ransom BGCWR Board Chair, Malaya Owens, CEO and President Julie M. Johnson

Congratulations to our 2018 Bud Rogers Youth of the Year, Malaya Owens!

Ms. Owens, who walked through our Club doors in 2015 as a shy, nervous young lady who hoped to meet a few friends, is now a phenomenal young leader who is dedicated to her Club, school, and community. Malaya has been elected by her peers for the past three years to serve as President of Torch Club at the LeBron James Clubhouse.  Malaya placed 2nd at the State of Ohio Youth of the Year competition in 2017 and hopes to win the State Youth of the Year in March 2018. Ms. Owens aspires to become a pediatrician and believes that success is a direct result of hard work, perseverance, and willingness to adapt to change.

Our Bud Rogers Youth of the Year Celebration took place on 2/10 when we celebrated Malaya, along with our two additional candidates, Karla Rickards and Abrianna Johnson and their heartfelt stories!

We would like to thank our Youth of the Year supporters Bud Rogers for his constant positive impact on our Clubs. In addition, a thank you to the Chenoweth Family for providing the $1,000 Chenoweth Scholarship for the Youth of the Year winner. Lastly, BGCWR thanks Panera for providing the delicious refreshments for the Youth of the Year Celebration.