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Carolina Correa, of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, is the
2009-2010 Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Youth of the Year!
A seven-year member of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket, Carolina Correa is the first Hispanic female and Rhode Islander as well as the 63rd youth to receive the title of National Youth of the Year. She will serve a one-year term as the national teen spokesperson for the 4.5 million youth served annually by the more than 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs. The BGCA competition and award began in 1947, supported by Reader’s Digest Foundation.
Carolina successfully advanced through Club, state, regional and national rounds of Youth of the Year competition during which she received several scholarships.
The Colombian-born, multilingual Latina came to the U.S. at 12, tackling her education and part-time jobs to help her family. Carolina has dedicated many hours to community service projects, including tutoring immigrants preparing to take the U.S. citizenship exam. Taking advanced placement courses at Shea, she graduated in the top three percent of her class. An aspiring child psychologist, she is now studying at Assumption College.
At the Pawtucket Club, Carolina learned English, met new friends and found her niche in the aquatics program. She was named most valuable swimmer three times and created a program to teach swimming basics to inner city youth. Also, she is a member of the Pawtucket Teen Hall of Fame and the National Honor Society of High School scholars.
All of us at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket are proud of Carolina almost beyond words. She shines as a stellar example of the goals we work toward with every kid, every day.
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