Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint honors girls for activism and mentoring

FLINT (WJRT) (6/14/2018) - Two young girls were honored for making a difference in the Flint community through activism and mentoring.

Mari Copeny, left, and Melissa Carr

"Anyone of any age can be inspired by these young ladies," said Emily Leonard with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Flint.

Melissa Carr and Mari Copeny, affectionately known as Little Miss Flint, have been making a big difference in the city of Flint for years despite how young they are.

Both girls have been involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint, helping to make a difference in their community.

"All my experiences came together and I just wanted to share it with the world because people make it seem like its so bad, but you just have to make a difference," said Carr, the youth of the year for 2018.

Both girls are hoping their message can help others through their hardships in life.

"It's so inspiring to see them just see a problem and do what they can to help resolve it," Leonard said.

During the ceremony, Copeny was honored as the first Flint Activist of the Year, having the award named after her. Carr was also awarded Youth of the Year and a $500 scholarship for her future educational plans.

Both girls plan to stay involved with the Boys and Girls Club.