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Making Her Voice Heard: Youth of the Year

Making Her Voice Heard: Youth of the Year

Congratulations to Faith Omosefe '22, who was named Youth of Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence! Faith was recognized for her immense positivity, personality, and academic merit!

Congratulations to fellow Youth of Year nominees, Juanjose Cabrera '22 and Zullymar Castro '22.

The criteria to be considered for the Youth of the Year award is based on service to the club and community, academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and leadership. 

Faith Omosefe '22 with Markus Fischer, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Faith Omosefe '22 with Markus Fischer, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

About Youth of the Year Program (Boys & Girls Club)

For more than 70 years, the Youth of the Year program has honored and celebrated the nation’s most inspiring teens and their incredible journeys. Stories of outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle have made Youth of the Year America’s premier leadership and recognition program for teens. These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for America. Inspiring all kids to lead. To succeed. To inspire.

Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year, serving as an ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth as well as a voice for all of our nation’s young people. Over the decades, these individuals have exemplified the Boys & Girls Club mission and are proof to the impact Clubs make in transforming and saving kids’ lives. National Youth of the Year winners have achieved success in a variety of industries, including entertainment, politics, business and sports.

Faith, currently a senior at Central Catholic High School was chosen as the Club’s Youth of the Year because of her immense positivity, personality, and academic merit! Staff members say she has high spirits and is an outstanding Club and community member— perfect for YOTY. 

Faith will be advancing to the next level of the competition as the Club's representative.


Faith Omosefe '22 performs at a Visions Coffeehouse

About Faith Omosefe '22

  • Hometown: Methuen
  • Middle School: Marsh Grammar School  

Contributions at CCHS

  • United We Stand (founder)
  • Theatre Guild
  • SCOPE (Students Can Open People’s Eyes) 
  • National Honor Society
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Peer Leaders
  • Be the CAUSE Diversity Training/Initiative
  • Mock Trial,
  • Cinema Club
  • Spectrum
  • Debate Team
  • Concert Choir  

Beyond CCHS

  • Breadloaf Teacher
  • Bread Loaf Teacher Next Generation Leadership Network
    • Youth Advisory Board Co-chair,
  • Slice of Breadloaf Writing Leader,
  • Performer at National Convention of Teachers of English
  • Volunteer Intern with the Office of Representative Tram Nguyen,
  • Advisor and Creative Writing Teacher with Phillips Academy, Lawrence Schools
  • Volunteer with Aaron’s Presents 

Making an Impact/Difference at CCHS

"The ability to have an active role in the actions of the institution is what makes Central Catholic special," said Faith.

"I feel that my ideas are valued and put into practice as much as possible and that I have truly made a difference in my four years attending Central. I have made so many deep connections with the faculty and students that it will be tough to leave this place behind come May." 

Faith Omosefe '22, left, celebrates Diversity Day at CCHS with classmates Cate Mangione '22 and Colleen Kabaria '22 

Faith Omosefe '22, left, celebrates Diversity Day at CCHS with classmates Cate Mangione '22 and Colleene Kabaria '22.

Growing as an Activist - Faculty Mentors

"Ms. Theresa Homewood '02 (CCHS English teacher) and Mrs. Aliali Silverio Belkus '97 (CCHS Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) have been instrumental in my development into the ambitious activist I am today."

"Without them, I would not have been able to start United We Stand and truly gain a platform at CCHS to combat ignorance and promote unity."


Somehow, Faith still finds time to serve – and share her talents - with the community through a variety of organizations (see "Beyond CCHS" list above).

"The insecurities project I did with Aaron’s Presents is my favorite experience doing volunteer work to date," said Faith.

"I got to put together an art exhibit that called attention to the insecurities of teens aged 13-15 in order to provide commentary on the self-esteem deficit present in young people."

A Bright Future

This Fall, Faith will major in political science at one of the several distinguished institutions to which she was accepted, including Amherst College, Tufts University, or Howard University.

Congratulations, Faith, and thank you for the impact you've made on the CCHS Family!

Faith Omosefe '22 with her parents


Other Outstanding Finalists

Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

Zullymar Castro '22 and Juanjose Cabrera '22 were also nominated for Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence!


Zullymar Castro '22 on the court

Meet Zullymar Castro '22 

  • Hometown: Lawrence
  • Middle School: Amesbury Seventh-day Adventist School 


  • Raider Girls Varsity Basketball
  • Art
  • SCOPE (Students Can Open People’s Eyes)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

Community Service

"Serving with the Girls Varsity Basketball Team in Lawrence was very eye opening. The way we put our differences aside to see that we are still human and it’s okay to go through things, but you don’t have to deal with them all by yourself."

Zullymar’s Mentor

"Coach Grange has been one of the most supportive people for me on and off the court. I really appreciate her as a coach and as a friend."

A Bright Future

This Fall, Zullymar plans to pursue Network Engineering through a certified Cisco program.

Raider Pride, Lawrence Pride

"I am proud to see many faces from the Lawrence community at Central Catholic," said Zullymar. "We’re representing our city, and I take pride in it."


Juanjose Cabrera '22 on the volleyball court

Meet Juanjose Cabrera '22

  • Hometown: Lawrence
  • Middle School: Community Day Charter Public School - Prospect


  • Raider Boys Varsity Basketball
  • United We Stand
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence - Keystone Club

Community Service

"I am heavily involved at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence - more specifically, Keystone, the community service group for teen members at the club," said Juanjose.

"One experience of service that I really enjoyed was my class service project with my religious studies class. We made care packages with different hygiene and skin care essentials and delivered them to Lazarus House. I really enjoyed the experience with my friends and seeing how happy Lazarus House was with our help."

Juanjose’s Mentor

"My religious studies teacher, Mrs. Diana Chase, enlightened me about important morals and my relationship with God. My math teacher, Mrs. Ellen Loycano, has made my experience of learning advanced math even better than I hoped it would be.”

A Space or Club for Everybody

"What makes Central Catholic special to me is the fact that there is always a space or club for everybody."

A Bright Future

This fall, Juanjose is headed to Providence College. He aspires to become a dermatologist.

Congratulations, Zullymar and Juanjose - we're excited to see what you accomplish next!


Recent Youths of Year

Student holding award

Elvin Rosa '21 was named 2021 Youth of the Year at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence .

Read more at: Inspiring Raider & Youth of Year


CCHS Senior Zuleydy Perez '19 was named Youth of the Year by Lawrence Boys and Girls Club

Zuleydy Perez '19 was name the 2019 Youth of Year for the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence.

Click here to read more.

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