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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 cjohnson@fenwayhealth.org

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 cjohnson@fenwayhealth.org.

Date: Saturday, September 18th.
Registration: Register via the Harbor to the Bay website. Be sure to select Fenway Health as your beneficiary!

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

Ali Robinson

Alessandra Robinson

Ali describes herself as an enthusiasm enthusiast with a responsibility to leave the world a happier, healthier, and more inclusive place than she found it. A graduate of Wellesley College, she currently serves as Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagement for Multicultural Programs at MIT and is a member of Fenway Health’s Young Leaders Council Steering Committee. She was also a co-chair for the 2020 Dinner Party.

Her hometown is Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is reflected in her excellent manners, occasional accent, and life-long dedication to dismantling the structures that made it, at times, quite difficult to be a queer, woman of color growing up in the Midwest. She believes that every day and every relationship is a gift that comes with the responsibility to act with care, empathy, and a lot of laughter. Ali currently lives in Allston, MA and fills her days with dogs, hot sauce, sunshine, and doing her best to live her own values.

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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.

Questions?

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

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