The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte announced today that the winner of its 2021-22 Youth of the Year competition – Janae-Rose Fageyinbo – has won The Salvation Army’s statewide competition. Fageyinbo, a senior at Charlotte Country Day and a member of the Sedgefield Boys & Girls Club (on Marsh Road), was selected by a panel from among outstanding Youth of the Year candidates from Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club organizations across the state.
Janae-Rose Fageyinbo has a passion for service – giving back through her involvement with Girl Scouts, serving as a summer camp counselor and tutoring other students at her school. She also founded Youth Connect Charlotte, a program that connects court-referred teens with their non-court-involved peers to talk about the community, pursue their goals and ultimately recognize their common humanity.
Her sophomore year, she won the Halsey Fund Scholarship and was able to study abroad for a year in Spain. Fageyinbo currently maintains a 4.4 GPA and plans to attend Yale University in the fall to further her studies.
“The Boys & Girls Club stands out for its role in guiding me during watershed moments,” she said. “High school has been full of unexpected opportunities and challenges, both academically and otherwise. I know that the tools I developed at the Club will continue to serve me wherever I go.”
“Janae is a shining example of the reason we can have hope about the future of our community,” said Amy Hudson, executive director of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. “She is compassionate, always thinking about others and how she can help them see their potential. She excels in the classroom – and makes an impact on everything she touches outside of it. We are excited to see how she will continue to shine her light on the world around her.”
At the Club, Fageyinbo enjoys connecting with her peers, as well as serving younger members in her Junior Staff role.
“One of my favorite parts of going to the Boys & Girls Club has always been sharing my love for reading with younger members.”
Her mindset of service is what drew her to the Boys & Girls Club, but she quickly found opportunities for her own inspiration through other programs offered there. Through participation in programs with her peers, she says, “I was able to view myself in in a new light.”
“In a few months, my life transformed because I cultivated my confidence with the Club’s support.”