WESTFIELD, NJ — Alexis Devre of Clark and Olivia London of Scotch Plains have been named the Westfield Area YMCA’s “Youth of the Year,” a recognition given annually to two high-achieving youth who participate at the Y. 

“These two talented young women give so much of their time and talent to the Y and the community at large,” said Mark Elsasser, Westfield Area YMCA CEO. “We are proud to honor them.  We know this is only the beginning of the good works they will do as they enter their adult years.”

According to the YMCA:

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Devre first came to the YMCA to attend lifeguarding class thanks to a grant from Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities. She obtained her lifeguard certification and then her swim instructor certification and has been a warm and welcoming ambassador to the Y. Whether lifeguarding or instructing, Devre is always smiling, punctual and focused. She has volunteered to help with events such as Swim with Santa and Pizza Palooza and spoke at the Y’s Annual Campaign launch, attesting to what the Y has meant to her. 

Devre has been on the track and field and swim team for the last three years at Arthur L. Johnson High School, is a member of her Key Club and completed the year-long Union County Sheriff’s Office Police Academy. In the fall, she plans to study criminal justice at Stockton University with a goal of working in law enforcement.

When looking for a youth role model at the Westfield Area YMCA, it is hard not to think of London. She is a sports and rock wall coach, a Kid’s Club staff member, a Flyers track & field team coach, works when needed in birthday parties and volunteers at many of the Y’s fundraisers and events. This is not surprising, though, since London literally grew up at the Y, participating in a wide variety of programs and activities.

London has been an active Girl Scout since kindergarten, most recently spending time with her troop at Children's Specialized Hospital. She is a long-time member of St. Helen's Youth Ministry in Westfield and volunteers to work with the children weekly at the homeless shelter in Edison. London also volunteers with Catholic Work Heart Camp and spent a week last summer in Hartford painting houses and assisting families in need. This fall Olivia will attend Stockton University to study Nutrition and Holistic Health.

The Y is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is pleased to bestow this honor on two such well deserving community-oriented youth.