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.

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

April 16

Gender Bending Fashion – Exploring an Exhibition

This is a YLC exclusive event.

This fashion-centric exhibition examines the rich history of fashion disrupting, blurring, and transcending conventions and expectations around the relationship between gender and dress, while also paying homage to individual and collective narratives, touching on issues of gender identity and expression, sexuality, race, class, pop culture, activism, social justice, and more.

Enjoy a lecture with exhibition curator Michelle Finamore, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts, and Adam Tessier, Head of Interpretation, followed by a reception and opportunity to view the exhibition.

WHERE: Museum of Fine Arts, Linde Family Wing Entrance on Museum Road
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
RSVP: SOLD OUT
COST: Free of charge
DRESS: Creative cocktail attire

April 17

Harbor to the Bay Ride Seventeen

Harbor to the Bay Kick-Off Party

Sponsored by Harbor to the Bay and Club Café

We’re celebrating kicking off the 17th annual Harbor to the Bay season! Join us for fun, prizes, and to learn about the one-day bike ride from Boston to Provincetown that supports four HIV/AIDS Massachusetts organizations (including Fenway Health)!

WHERE: Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue
WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 6:00pm-8:00pm
RSVP: No RSVP required
COST: Free of charge

Upcoming Events

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

May 17

Memorial Day Kickoff

Memorial Day Kick-Off Party

Join the YLC in kicking off the Memorial Day holiday and the summer at a socialization-based event at everyone’s favorite bar – Cathedral Station!

WHERE: Cathedral Station Bar & Pub, 1222 Washington St.
WHEN: Friday, May 17, Time TBA
RSVP: No RSVP required
COST: Free of charge

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
RSVP: Link available soon
COST: TBA

Sept 14

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: $25 registration fee. See website for rider fundraising details.

October

Networking Event

Information coming soon!

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 Argonaut Brewing Company in Somerville! Stay tuned!

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

January 2020

YLC Anniversary Party

Anniversary Party

Join us for the YLC’s annual anniversary party and to celebrate ten years of the Young Leader’s Council! 2019’s Anniversary Party took place at City Winery Boston. More information coming soon.

WHERE: TBA
WHEN: TBA
RSVP: RSVP not required
COST: YLC donors: Free of charge. Non-donors: TBA

Be Engaged.
Be Social.
Get Involved!

Steering Committee

  • Alessandra Robinson
  • Alyssa Beauchamp
  • Benjamin West
  • Brady Wyrtzen
  • Casey Accardi
  • Clint Attebery, co-chair
  • Gillian Comito
  • Isabella Gambill
  • Jeremy Shaffer
  • Jillian Jennett
  • Julian Serrao
  • Katelyn Dolan, co-chair
  • Malinda Mcpherson
  • Steven Dyer

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

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.