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. Through special events and programming, we’re fostering a culture of philanthropy that will advance Fenway’s mission.

Why join?

Fun, Friendship and Philanthropy!

The YLC hosts several events throughout the year! With different themes and focuses, our events offer opportunities to connect with other young people and the community, educational experiences, and philanthropic components. You can check this page for updates or follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to speed. Scroll down to see our recent and upcoming events!

How can I join?

Most events are open to the public LGBTQ+ community and allies, ages 21-40, but some are limited to YLC donors. We ask that everyone consider becoming a donor to Fenway Health to support the wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community and all people in our neighborhoods. The suggested minimum for YLC donorship is $300 per year which can be broken down into $25 monthly installments. If you’re a student and would find that a barrier, we suggest a minimum of $10/month or $120/year. And for those of you who are doing well, feeling especially philanthropic, or have come into some sort of windfall, we’d ask that you consider a donation to meet your interest and capacity. All donations made through the Young Leaders Council directly support Fenway patients’ access to the highest quality healthcare, education, research, and advocacy.

For more information on becoming a donor, getting involved, or attending any of the YLC events, please contact Clarice at YLC@fenwayhealth.org.

Recent Events

Nov 

TDOR

Trans Day of Remembrance

The YLC is proud to be collaborating with Black & Pink and Prisoners’ Legal Services to present an evening uplifting the voices and experiences of trans individuals whilst incarcerated and reentering the free world. Join us to hear from formerly incarcerated individuals as well as those working on the legislative and community support side. A letter writing campaign to currently incarcerated LGBTQ+ individuals will follow.

WHERE: Fenway Health, 10th Floor Auditorium (1340 Boylston St.)
WHEN: Monday, November 18, 6:30-8:30 pm
RSVP: Please email ylc@fenwayhealth.org to reserve your tickets
COST: Free of charge

Upcoming Events

Please consider attending some of our upcoming events to learn more about the YLC!

Dec

Community Charity Event

Information coming soon!

Jan 2020

SITN

Science by the Pint

Science by the Pint is a free science café in which local professionals working in science-related fields discuss their work and take questions from attendees in an informal setting. The YLC is excited to bring together employees of Fenway Health and members of the Planned Parenthood community to discuss the science of reproductive healthcare. More details to come.

WHERE: Aeronaut Brewing (14 Tyler St, Somerville)
WHEN: Thursday, January 23rd, 6-8:30 pm
RSVP: RSVP not required
COST: Free of charge

Mar 2020

The Men's Event

The Men’s Event

Our Night, Our Community, Our Future

Join 1,200+ attendees to enjoy a gourmet dinner, bid on unique auction items, and dance the night away – all while supporting the lifesaving work of Fenway Health. YLC discount tickets now on sale! Contact cjohnson@fenwayhealth.org to purchase tickets.

WHERE: Boston Marriott Copley Place
WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 6 pm-1 am
RSVP: Email cjohnson@fenwayhealth.org to purchase YLC discount tickets. Call 617-927-6350 for regular pricing.

Apr 2020

The Dinner Party

The Dinner Party

Honoring Our History, Embracing Our Future

You’re invited to join 1,200+ lesbians, bisexual women, transgender people, and allies for the Dinner Party! Celebrate the vibrant feminist movement, the LGBTQIA+ community, and Fenway Health’s work during one of the greatest nights of the year.

YLC discount tickets now on sale! Contact cjohnson@fenwayhealth.org to purchase tickets.

WHERE: Boston Marriott Copley Place
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 6 pm-1 am
RSVP: Email cjohnson@fenwayhealth.org to purchase YLC discount tickets. Call 617-927-6350 for regular pricing.

Apr 2020

Wicked Queer Film Festival

Wicked Queer Film Festival Screening

The Young Leaders Council is proud to collaborate again with the Wicked Queer Film Festival to screen an official selection! Additional details to come.

WHERE: Fenway Health, 10th Floor Auditorium
WHEN: TBA
RSVP: RSVP not required
COST: Free of charge

May 2020

Anniversary party

Anniversary Party

It’s the biggest night of the year for the Young Leaders Council! Join us for drinks, dancing, and an evening of celebrating 10 YEARS of the YLC! Additional details to come.

WHERE: TBA
WHEN: TBA
COST: TBA

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Steering Committee

  • Alessandra Robinson
  • Alyssa Beauchamp
  • Brady Wyrtzen
  • Casey Accardi
  • Clint Attebery, co-chair
  • Emmett Reuder
  • Gillian Comito, co-chair
  • Isabella Gambill
  • James Pickering
  • Jeremy Shaffer
  • Jillian Jennett
  • Jiray Avedisian
  • Julian Serrao
  • Katelyn Dolan
  • Malinda Mcpherson
  • Sofia Mankin
  • Steven Dyer
  • Theresa Ferran

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

Clint

Clint Attebery

Clint has been actively involved in the Young Leaders Council since 2010, and has served as a member of the YLC Steering Committee since 2014. Clint has also frequently supported the Men’s Event and the Dinner Party as a planning committee member, table captain, and volunteer. He is also on the Fenway Board of Visitors. And he has biked with Team YLC in Harbor to the Bay since 2015.

For more than 10 years Clint has worked in publishing and educational media, first at Pearson and Cengage Learning, and now at Harvard University. Clint has worked in for-profit and non-profit settings and understands the need to balance mission and sustainability.

Clint earned a BA degree in History and Political Science from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and a master’s degree in U.S. History from Boston College.

Gillian Comito headshot

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.

Questions?

Contact Clarice Johnson, Development Associate, at 857.313.6608 or cjohnson@fenwayhealth.org.