The Impact
Through a variety of academic and recreational programs, BGCCA empowers members to make productive use of their time and wise decisions in their lives. It's how we're opening doors for central Alabama kids every day, at the positive place for kids.
Youth of the Year
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The Youth of the Year program celebrates youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments. These deserving young people are recognized for service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to their family. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs.
Youth of the Year
Alexis Wright
Hueytown/Pleasant Grove BGC
  • Alexis Wright has been a member of the Hueytown/Pleasant Grove Boys & Girls Club since she was seven years old.
  • She is a junior at Pleasant Grove High School with a 3.75 GPA.
  • Alexis always has a smile on her face and is willing to help wherever needed.
  • She has a big heart to help others and is planning a special needs pageant later on this year as a way to make some very special young ladies feel like princesses.
  • Alexis plans to attend college and major in Pyschology and Sociology.
Youth of the Year
Yasmin Cottingham
Hueytown/Pleasant Grove BGC
Youth of the Year
Jerell Willie
John A. Williamson BGC
Youth of the Year
Diamond Watkins
Brookside BGC
Youth of the Year
Raven Omar
John A. Williamson BGC
Youth of the Year
Maegan Looney
Youth of the Year
Andrew Chege
John A. Williamson BGC
Youth of the Year
Michael Cashaw
John A. Williamson BGC
BGC Alumni Club
Since 1901, thousands of boys and girls have crossed through the doorway of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama. For many of these kids, it was a home away from home. Memories of going to camp, soccer leagues, Six Flags leadership trios or just hanging out at the club are some of the great stories heard shared when old "clubbers" get back together.

While several Club alumni have achieved particular distinction in fields such as entertainment, business, politics and sports, the average alumnus is not famous. Most have achieved success by getting an education, raising a family, serving their country, pursuing a career or supporting the community.
Ruben Studdard
Ruben Studdard is a Grammy-nominated pop, R&B and gospel singer who captured global attention as winner of the second season of American Idol. He's also someone with a deep affinity for community - an affinity influenced by time spent at the Boys & Girls Club. "I had some of the best times of my life there" he recalls.

Today, he's deeply involved in helping children develop both artistic and social skills. In 2003, he founded the Ruben Studdard Foundation for the Advancement of Children in the Music Arts. He's also a regular speaker at Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country. "It has special meaning for me" he says. "I'm a product of the Clubs."
Club Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Occupation: Singer