​The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Union County announces the Youth of the Year.

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Union County announced the winner of its 2017-18 Youth of the Year competition – Tamya Austin – on March 29 at a special breakfast event. The Youth of the Year competition in Union County goes to the one who embodies the core values the Clubs represent.

Austin is a current member of the Monroe Boys & Girls Club, which meets daily at Walter Bickett Elementary through a partnership with Union County Public Schools. Austin is a freshman at Monroe High School. At the Club, she has served as a Junior Staff leader, mentors younger members, assists with tutoring and is a role model to her peers.

“Tamya truly exemplifies what the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs aim to instill in its members: academic excellence, leadership and good citizenship,” said David McQueen, area director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Union County. “She may be quiet with her voice, she is powerful with her actions and leadership.”

Tamya is known to her Club staff as someone who is helpful and positive, and is a tremendous leader. She is ambitious, creative, and determined. She says that it is important “to be more than what people expect of me,“ and that she strives to make a difference in the lives of everyone she comes in contact with. In regard to her Boys & Girls Club, Tamya says, “My Club has been a second place to call home. It’s just my place to always be me!”

There are two Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs in Union County, operating under the organization of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. The Clubs are located in Monroe (Walter Bickett Elementary School) and Marshville (East Union Middle School. The Boys & Girls Clubs is a division of The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. For more information, visit www.bgccharlotte.org and www.unioncountybgc.org.

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