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Social Work Student Yoscairy Raymond Honored at "29 Who Shine" Awards Ceremony

Presented annually by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Ed.

Yoscairy Raymond (Bachelor of Social Work, Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services) has completed more than 520 volunteer hours connected to her study of social work. What is remarkable about her involvement is the passion and consistency she brings to her work. As a volunteer, she works with “We Rise,” a program of Centerboard, a non-profit organization in Lynn. “We Rise” brings survivors of commercial sexual exploitation together with key community allies in order to prevent, intervene against, and promote recovery of victims. Their comprehensive, survivor-informed program empowers girls and young women through community outreach, emergency intervention, and transitional and ongoing supports. Ms. Raymond has held previous positions with the Lynn Community Health Center and as a student advocate at Chelsea High School. She also serves as a minister in her local church.

After graduating from Salem State, Ms. Raymond plans to continue to work for Centerboard as the Assistant Program Director of the Supported Teen Employment Program.

Faculty Mentor

Yoscairy chose to recognize Lisa Johnson, Associate Professor, School of Social Work. “Dr. Johnson has been such an instrumental contributor to my success. With her encouragement and her amazing wisdom she always made sure I felt supported and heard. ‘Specificity is the key to success,’ she always tells us.”

29 Who Shine Awards

In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched “29 Who Shine,” a commencement season awards program to recognize 29 outstanding student graduates from the Commonwealth’s public higher education system. Each honoree from a community college, state university or University of Massachusetts campus is nominated by a faculty or staff member, or by a university awards committee.

Whether furthering their education or entering careers in fields such as education, public policy, health care, creative arts, or engineering, the “29 Who Shine” embody the vibrant future that we all envision for the Commonwealth. (

Learn more about Yoscairy and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 29 Who Shine Awards.

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