Meet Makiyah Worthy: Youth of the Year for A.W. “Tony” Matthews Boys & Girls Club

Meet Makiyah Worthy: Youth of the Year for A.W. “Tony” Matthews Boys & Girls Club
November 6, 2019 BGCMA

Age: 16

Grade: 11th

 When did you join your Club?

I started going to the Club when I was in 6th grade.

What types of activities are you involved with?

I love trying different cooking projects in the cooking program and helping the membership clerk when the kids check in at the front desk. I get a lot of fulfillment from assisting the younger kids, too.


Has your Club helped you overcome any challenges?

I used to be really shy and keep to myself, but Club program director, Mr. Mike helped me come out of my shell and get to know people. Now I know just about everybody at my Club. I’m also comfortable speaking up.

Why is it important for teens to speak up?

With the help of technology nowadays, we can rally our community, share our voice and make a change. I think it’s important to stand up for people who are being teased and mistreated.

What type of volunteer projects have you done?

I made bracelets to raise money for St. Jude children’s research hospital. I started this back in 6th grade.

What types of internships or career development experiences have you done?

I worked at the Club over the summer.  I’m going to get more hands-on experience that can prepare me to work in the medical field one day.

What are your goals after graduating from high school?

I want to attend Spelman College, Duke University or Georgia State University.

What’s your career goal?

I’m thinking about becoming an ultrasound technician, or maybe a pediatrician. I love kids!

If you could change anything in the world, what would it be?

Create more shelters for homeless families. I might even start a charity to raise more awareness about homelessness and children with health challenges.