2020-21 National Youth of the Year
2020-21 Northeast Youth of the Year
Club/Organization: Bristol Boys & Girls Club Association
Length of Membership: 3 years
College: Central Connecticut State University
Career Interest: STEM Education
Defining Characteristics: Creative, Motivator
“Everyone has potential creative energy. Harnessing that creativity is how new societies and brighter horizons are conceived.”
Every young person, like Josias, deserves a safe, positive environment in which to learn and grow.
Josias was introduced to the Boys & Girls Club when a friend who asked him to volunteer as a STEM mentor. Initially, he was hesitant because communication is a challenge for him. Growing up, he was often bullied for “being different.” When he was 11, he was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. With encouragement from Club staff, he quickly gained self-confidence.
Josias saw Club kids thrive through STEM activities he helped run like robotics, coding, CAD and MyFuture. He sees teaching as a platform for children to grow and feel accepted, not only in STEM but as empowered individuals. At the Club, Josias took on responsibility and became a leader, serving as treasurer of BGCA’s teen leadership program, Keystone Club, where he met some of his closest friends.
Today, Josias is a freshman at Central Connecticut State University studying STEM education. He plans to teach upon graduation.