Wakefield’s Alyssa Luise named Youth of the Year

Alyssa Luise

WAKEFIELD - Selected among 5 outstanding youth, Alyssa Luise has been named the Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham and Wakefield. The Youth of the Year title is a prestigious honor bestowed upon an exemplary young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle. Now in its 71st year, the Youth of the Year program honors our nation’s most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire. Alyssa will go on to vie for the Massachusetts Youth of the Year title and a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

“Alyssa is an Exceptional leader in our Club community. She has helped to grow our teen leadership programing and Club culture. We are lucky she is only a sophomore and will retain her for a few more years as part of our Club family,” said Bethany Riley, Club Director, Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield.

Bethany continued; “Alyssa has been one of our most valuable members over the years. She demonstrates great leadership within our Club and is someone the younger members look to quite frequently. Leading by example, Alyssa heads all our teen events, is the President of our Youth Leadership Club, and without a doubt, encompasses all the ideals our Clubs strive to instill in young people.”

If Alyssa wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of North East Region Youth of the

Year and an additional $10,000 college scholarship, renewable for four years up to $40,000. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C. in September 2018, to compete for the title of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of $25,000, renewable each year up to $100,000 and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

Alyssa has been a member at the Wakefield Club since it opened its doors in 2010.

For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.youthoftheyear.org.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield

Our Mission: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

With any additonal questions feel free to contact Joseph D’Alessandro, Boys & Girls Club of Wakefield, joey@bgcwakefield.org, 781-832-3104.

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