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State Recognition: Massachusetts Youth of the Year


State Recognition: Massachusetts Youth of the Year

Congratulations to Faith Omosefe '22, who was named Massachusetts Youth of Year for the Boys & Girls Club!

Faith was recognized for her immense positivity, her commitment to service, and her academic excellence and is now in competition for Northeast Youth of the Year.

This Fall, Faith will major in political science at Amherst College (MA).

Faith’s next stop in the competition is the Northeast Youth of the Year event on June 23, 2022 in New York City, NY. If she is named Northeast Youth of the Year, Faith will then compete in the National Youth of the Year on October 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

Boys & Girls Club Northeast Youth of the Year

In order to qualify for her current title of Massachusetts Youth of the Year, Faith was first named “Youth of the Year” by Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, an award based on service to the club and community, academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and leadership. 

Each year, thousands of Club teens participate in local, state and regional Youth of the Year events. Six teens, including five regional winners and a national military youth winner, advance to the National Youth of the Year Celebration, where one outstanding young person is named National Youth of the Year.

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 
Graduate receives the Service Award

Recipient of the Brother Vincent Dinnean, FMS, Christian Service Award 

At commencement, Faith was presented with the Brother Vincent Dinnean, FMS, Christian Service Award as the graduate who best embodies the Marist ideal of commitment to service and love for the least favored.

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."

Service

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 Amherst College.

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

Faith Omosefe '22 with her parents

 

Recent Youths of Year at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence

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.



Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit www.CentralCatholic.net, call 978-682-0260, or email website@centralcatholic.net.

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.