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

June 12

Boston Spirit Cruise

Boston Spirit Cruise

Boston Spirit’s annual Summer Sunset Cruise is one of the largest and most popular events of the summer. Join more than 700 friends as we cruise around Boston Harbor dining on delicious food and dancing to great tunes.

WHERE: Boston Spirit Cruises
WHEN: Wednesday, June 12, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
COST: $40/ticket. 100% of purchase supports Fenway Health programs and services.

Upcoming Events

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

August

LGBTQ+ Pop Culture Trivia Night

Join the YLC for a night of trivia fun! We’ll be quizzing you on your knowledge of all things LGBTQ+ pop culture and giving away some awesome prizes. Your cover fee to play will directly support Fenway Health’s Team YLC at this year’s Harbor to the Bay HIV/AIDS bike ride.

WHERE: Fenway Johnnie’s (96 Brookline Ave, Boston)
WHEN: Thursday, August 22, 2019 – 6:30PM
RSVP: No RSVP required
COST: Cover charge, $10/person. 100% of cover charge will support Team YLC at Harbor to the Bay.

Check out the Facebook event page here!

Sept 

Harbor to the Bay

Harbor to the Bay

Harbor to the Bay is a one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown with the goal of supporting four organizations that advance the quality and accessibility of HIV/AIDS care and to positively impact people living with HIV/AIDS. Join Fenway as a rider or crew volunteer to fundraise, support H2B, and for a fun-filled weekend! 100% of rider-received pledges go directly to H2B’s beneficiaries, including Fenway Health.

WHERE: Ride – Boston to Provincetown
Crew – Fenway pit stop at Sagamore Bridge
WHEN: Saturday, September 14, 2019
RSVP: Registration required via Harbor to the Bay’s website
COST: Registration fee. See website for rider fundraising details.

A Seat at the Rainbow event image

A Seat at the Rainbow

Join the YLC and Vertex PRIDE ERN for a community mix and mingle empowering LGBTQ+ women, trangender, and gender diverse folks. Enjoy a fireside chat with Tacita Morway, the first Queer VP of Engineering at ActBlue, minute at the mic opportunity, and refreshments.

This is a special collaborative event between Fenway Health and Vertex. Tickets available on a limited first-come-first-serve basis. RSVP now to secure your tickets.

WHERE: Vertex (19 Bond Dr., Boston 02210)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 6-8PM
RSVP: Email ylc@fenwayhealth.org to reserve your tickets
COST: Free of charge, limited tickets available

November

Trans-awareness event

Information coming soon!

December

Community Charity Event

Information coming soon!

January 2020

SITN

Science by the Pint

Science by the Pint is a free science café in which we invite a Boston-area research lab out to a pub or brewery to chat science over a cold one. The events are geared toward a general audience – all are welcome and no experience is necessary!

The topic is not set yet for 2020, but 2019’s event discussed the science of gender while enjoying cold brews at the Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville! Stay tuned!

WHERE: TBA
WHEN: TBA
RSVP: RSVP not required
COST: Free of charge

Be Engaged.
Be Social.
Get Involved!

Steering Committee

  • Alessandra Robinson
  • Alyssa Beauchamp
  • Benjamin West
  • 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.