SOURCE: Community Call

Community Call

October 15, 2014 14:04 ET

Community Call Announces the 2014 Young Leader Award Winner

Community Call's Young Leader Award to Be presented by Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim at the Pegasystems Stand-up Boston 2014 Comedy Challenge

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2014) - Community Call, an organization that utilizes community event planning as a teaching method for opportunity and at-risk Boston public high school students, today announced that Joseph Gaeta is the winner of the 2014 Community Call Young Leader Award. Mr. Gaeta was chosen out of dozens of nominations from across Greater Boston, of candidates ranging in age from 17 to 35, representing a diverse group of cultures, areas of service and neighborhoods. The award was inspired by the work of community activist Lenny Zakim to help identify young role models for Community Call students. Boston City Councilor, Josh Zakim, will present the award during the Pegasystems Stand-Up Boston 2014 Comedy Challenge at Laugh Boston, 425 Summer Street, in Boston's Seaport District on Tuesday, October 21. 

Nominations were submitted to Community Call, and the recipient was chosen by a committee of high school students from the Mayor's Youth Council in Boston. Mr. Gaeta is a native of East Boston and works as the East Boston YMCA Teen Program Manager. As someone who grew up in the community, he wanted to support his community by helping students struggling to stay in school. Mr. Gaeta developed the Credit Recovery Program in collaboration with East Boston High School to provide an opportunity for the most at-risk students to work at their own pace to recover missed credits they need to graduate. Since January 2014, 73 students have participated in the program, completing 97 individual classes. This allowed fifteen at-risk students to graduate with the class of 2014.

In addition, Mr. Gaeta serves as the Association-wide Teen Manager for the YMCA of Greater Boston. During the summer of 2014, he managed a summer program that provided free access to more than 800 activities for more than 10,000 teens across the City of Boston.

The Pegasystems Stand-Up Boston 2014 Comedy Challenge will culminate with the presentation of the Community Call 2014 Young Leader Award presented by Boston City Councilor, Josh Zakim, and Pegasystems Founder and CEO, Alan Trefler.

More information and tickets are available at the Community Call website at www.communitycall.org.

"The Community Call Young Leader Award is an opportunity to recognize the many young leaders we are fortunate to have in the Boston area," said Carolyn Edwards, Executive Director of Community Call. "One third of the population in Boston is under the age of 35, and there are a lot of people in this group that give back every day to make Boston stronger. We want our students to know that anyone can make a difference in the community, regardless of their background or resources."

"Joseph Gaeta's accomplishment in helping at-risk students realize they can have a future is inspiring," said Alan Trefler, Founder and CEO of Pegasystems. "Pegasystems and its employees congratulate Mr. Gaeta for the role he has played in his local community to help guide so many students to secure a sound education, and we look forward to recognizing his achievement at the Stand-Up 2014 Boston Comedy Challenge."

About Community Call:

Community Call's (www.communitycall.org) mission is to develop critical thinking, confidence, and self-empowerment with Boston area at-risk and opportunity high school students through community event planning. Our students are inspired to look beyond themselves and collaborate with their peers to identify a social need, develop a plan, and produce an event that benefits the broader community. Students learn organizational, business, and life skills influencing all aspects of their lives. 

Our enrichment program produces a variety of entirely student-run community events providing unparalleled opportunities to learn first-hand about business and leadership and giving back to the community. By using their passion, talents, and skills, these students are more likely to believe that they can make a difference in their community while making a difference in their own lives.

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