OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Bailee McCullom is an average high school senior who likes to play soccer, prepare for college and hang out with her friends. Unlike most teenagers, McCullom prioritizes her time and talent to volunteer around the community which earned her the title of Military Youth of the Year for Asia by the Boys & Girls Club of America.
Since 2022, McCullom has volunteered over 670 hours in community events such as helping out at thrift stores, baking cookies for single Airmen, assisting local Girl Scout troops, youth soccer coaching, and volunteering at various JROTC events.
“Volunteerism is the rent you pay for the space that you occupy on the Earth”, said McCullom.
McCullom is the product of youth clubs on military installations including The Boys & Girls Club, Torch Club and Keystone, which provided her a support system and sparked her drive to serve her community.
Growing up as a military child offered different sets of obstacles with each of the five duty stations she moved to before age 13.
“I know it’s really hard but you need to try and get out there because once you do, you’ll realize it was the best thing for you. Find something that you love doing because it comes easily and you’ll find time no matter what. I don’t think my life would be my life without volunteering”, said McCullom.
“Bailee has served as an exemplary role model and I could not be prouder to have her represent Osan Air Base at the Regional levels,” said Camarra Daniels, 51st Force Support Squadron teen programs coordinator. “She has a bright future ahead of her and I know she will go on to do great things for her community”.
McCullom will go on to compete against five non-military, regional winners in San Diego, California and a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship then finally for the chance to win National Youth of the Year.