Meet Braylon Robinson, 2020 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Clubs on North Mississippi.
As Braylon prepares to begin his sophomore year at Lafayette High School in Oxford, he carries quite a bit of responsibility with him as a leader. At the Barksdale Clubhouse of BGC, he participates in a variety of volunteer activities, including making cards for veterans, feeding the elderly at holidays, and tutoring the youth at the club.
Kenorus Wilson, director of the Barksdale Clubhouse, said Braylon "is very influential in creating a fun and safe environment with our younger club members who look up to him as a positive mentor. Not only has he assisted in tutorial services, he also participates in numerous recreational activities with younger club members and gives positive feedback to them each time he encounters them."
Tonny Oliver, director of operations for BGCNMS, described Braylon as "a very articulate and intelligent young man. Whenever he walks into a room, his presence, his friendliness, his humility overwhelm everyone."
In addition to the clubhouse activities, Braylon serves as president of the Exchange Excel Boys and Girls Club of Oxford, a branch of the local Exchange Club. Wilson, who, in addition to his duties with Boys and Girls Clubs, also serves as president of the Oxford Exchange Club, is very excited about the direction the Excel Club is heading. As the first Excel Club in the nation to be chartered (2017), everyone has high expectations for the members as they join with the parent club to advocate for the prevention of child abuse.
With Braylon at the helm in this and all his other endeavors, there is no doubt those expectations will be met and even surpassed.
Best of luck to you, Braylon, as you begin school. And thank you for all you do for the Oxford/Lafayette County area!
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