The Boys & Girls Club of Binghamton honored six of its graduating seniors Wednesday.
In a ceremony, the Club gave each of them a certificate along with a gift card to help them pay for their books and future academics.
The teens have have been participating in college prep programming funded by the Taco Bell Foundation.
Keonna Mack-Feggins, graduating Binghamton High School Senior and Boys & Girls Club member, was selected as this year’s Youth of the Year by the Club.
“I think I was selected as youth of the year because I think I had one of the biggest changes because from being bullied and being able to change and now I’m able to stand up for myself and people and be a stronger person for everyone,” said Mack-Feggins. The 18-year old has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club since she was 5-years-old and says she wouldn’t be the person she is today if it wasn’t for the Club.
“It’s really help me become a person who’s willing to be confident and strong, who’s open minded and being a leader for everyone,” said Mack-Feggins. ““With the programs that we have, we have a lot of programs that help you become outspoken, so if you’re shy you can join a group where other kids are shy and do all these things and women’s empowerment groups and men empowerment groups and trying to really focus on bringing you up as a person being you.”
Mack-Feggins says she plans on attending Medaille College in Buffalo in the fall, where she will be studying to become a veterinarian technician while also studying pre-law.