Alonah Watson, 17, began her journey at the Michael A. Grant Boys & Girls Club at just six years old. Known for her sweet disposition, Alonah has a bright smile and a fun sense of style. She says the warm-hearted staff at her Club helped her feel comfortable with herself, which had an influence on her personality and style.
When Alonah was younger, she doubted herself a lot. Public speaking was a big fear. She didn’t want to stand out, and being a leader was hard, although it was something that she wanted. Her older sister, Alexis, worked at the Club and helped to shepherd Alonah into participating in some programs like oratorical competitions and Torch Club, a service and leadership program for middle school Club members.
With the help of supportive Club staff and friends, Alonah eventually found the courage to run for Torch Club president. Being a member of the Torch Club taught her many lessons on team-building, public speaking, and most of all, giving back. Alonah says participating in the oratorical programs at her Club supported similar areas of growth. She said oratorical activities not only sharpened her public speaking, they also taught her the importance of “being heard.”
Programs at the Club also taught Alonah the importance of good character and leadership – qualities she has developed through civic engagement and serving others.
After graduating high school, Alonah wants to be a cosmetologist. Her plan B is to become a professional ballet dancer.