Young Leaders Council

Who We Are

The Young Leaders Council (YLC) is an initiative of Fenway Health to empower emerging LGBTQ+ leaders and allies to shape their community’s future. YLC donors are individuals in their 20s and 30s who are dedicated to advancing Fenway’s mission through special events, programming, and philanthropy. Our unique and diverse voices support Fenway Health in providing the highest quality healthcare, education, research, and advocacy for members of the LGBTQ+ community and all individuals in our neighborhoods and beyond.

Young Leaders Council Giving Levels and Benefits

Your pledge to Fenway Health though the Young Leaders Council provides crucial funds that allow Fenway to continue providing affirming, world class care to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay. Together, we can do more.

For more information on becoming a donor, getting involved, or attending any of the YLC events, please contact the YLC coordinator at

YLC Level 1 | $10/month or $120/year

Did you know: $10 allows Fenway Health to pay for 2 Bleach Kits which can prevent HIV transmission during drug use.

YLC Level 2 | $25/month or $300/year

Did you know: $25 allows Fenway Health to provide 60 Safer Sex Kits for outreach teams to distribute.

YLC Level 3 | $50+/month or $600+/year

Did you know: $50 allows Fenway Health to provide free acupuncture treatments for a client struggling with substance abuse issues

Upcoming Events

Join Team Fenway and other Harbor to the Bay riders for training rides throughout the summer! Whether you’re training to ride 126 miles this fall or just looking for the opportunity to cycle with friends, hop on your bike for rides around Boston, the Cape and more. Visit the Harbor to the Bay Facebook Events to view upcoming rides.

Date: Weekends throughout the summer. View upcoming rides here.

Registration: Open to all interested individuals! RSVP to the ride’s leader via information on the respective Facebook event.

Since 2003, hundreds of cyclists and volunteers have raised over $3.1 million for Fenway Health through Harbor to the Bay, an HIV/AIDS charity bike ride. Harbor to the Bay 2021 is going to be a primarily-virtual event, inviting participants from around the world to bike, run, swim, row, or complete any other wellness activity while fundraising for HIV/AIDS services and care. Details on an in-person event coming soon. You can support Fenway Health by joining Team YLC as a Fenway-beneficiary participant at this year’s Harbor to the Bay! Questions? Contact the Fenway H2B coordinator at

Date: Saturday, September 18th.

Registration: Register via the Harbor to the Bay website. Be sure to select Fenway Health as your beneficiary!

The Fenway Health Young Leaders Council (YLC) is thrilled to be participating in the 2021 AIDS Walk & Run Boston! On Sunday, September 26, 2021, we are joining together as a team with over 2,000 others at DCR’s Carson Beach to celebrate the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS, honor those we’ve lost, and show support for the progress of the LGBTQIA+ community. All are welcome to join our team, whether you are a YLC member or not!
Date: Sunday, September 26th.

Registration: Join Team Fenway YLC via our team fundraising page!

As much fun as I have at Fenway events, what really drew me to the organization is the commitment to providing world class healthcare services to LGBTQ folks, especially those with lower incomes and people of color, because there is so much overlap between those communities. And I particularly appreciate that the YLC has a low barrier to entry to get younger people engaged in giving, and foster community around a shared sense of duty.”

Mitchell Thomas, YLC donor

Together, we can do more.

Steering Committee

Steering Committee members attend monthly meetings, recruit new members, plan events, and serve as representatives of the YLC to the greater community.

YLC Co-Chairs


Julian Serrao

Julian believes that access to excellent healthcare is a right of all human beings and is committed to Fenway Health continuing to expand its role in making this true for marginalized LGBTQIA+ groups in the communities it serves.

In search of a new healthcare provider upon moving to Boston in 2015, Julian found Fenway Health. Inspired by the research, various initiatives, and quality of care provided, Julian decided to start financially contributing to Fenway Health as a member of the Young Leaders Council. In 2018, he joined the Steering Committee and has since led the YLC in fundraising efforts for Harbor to the Bay and the AIDS Walk & Run Boston.

Julian has been recognized as a member of the Fenway Leadership Circle.

Julian is a consultant at SDI Communications; he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Anthropology and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.

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Gillian Comito

Gillian first discovered Fenway Health in 2013 after moving to Boston and was immediately impressed by the care she received. Fenway soon became Gillian’s home for her healthcare and a large part of her community in Boston. She joined the Young Leader’s Council in 2014 and, a year later, the YLC Steering Committee. Gillian also supports Fenway as a table captain for the dinner party for multiple years and as a member of the Board of Visitors. Professionally, Gillian leads the inside sales practice for IBM’s Salesforce consulting division, Bluewolf, where she has worked for the past 5 years. Her interest in the intersection between technology and innovation in the face of constant change across different industries, including Healthcare, is a driver for her ongoing relationship with Fenway as well.

Gillian is a graduate of Smith College with a BA in American Studies with a focus in Mass Media and a minor in Sociology.

Together, we can do more.

This past year, YLC members contributed over $100,000 to Fenway Health.


Contact Clarice Johnson, Development Associate, at 857.313.6608 or

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