Dan Gelbtuch, (Jewish Organizing Fellowship c/o 2008) has spent over 6 years developing the next generation of community activists in Boston through Dorchester Bay Youth Force and, since 2009, the Youth Jobs Coalition, a coalition of 29 Eastern Massachusetts organizations dedicated to preserving and creating job opportunities for teens. He’s organized and trained hundreds of teens and youth workers who’ve stood up for youth jobs and prevented millions of dollars in cuts to state funded youth employment programs. Dan was honored for his work last week by the Trefler Foundation and Social Capital Inc. with a Community Social Capitalist Award at the 6th Annual Social Capitalist Luncheon. Dan found himself in auspicious company at the April 3rd luncheon including Mark Culliton, CEO of College Bound Dorchester and James Dwyer the State Representative from the 30th Middlesex District. All honorees, including Dan, were recognized for spurring greater civic engagement in their communities.
We hope you’ll join us in wishing Dan a hearty “mazel tov”. If you’d like to learn more about youth jobs in Massachusetts and Dan’s work, check out this recent article from the Boston Globe, featuring a number of quotes from Dan himself.