2014 SCI Idealists

Charlie RoseCharlie Rose

Hear Charlie's speech made while accepting the 2014 SCI Idealist Award on March 26, 2014, here.

Charlie Rose has been a Youth Worker, Organizer and Entrepreneur in Boston for the past 34 years. He was the Director of Youth Services for the City of Boston’s Community Centers (now B.C.Y.F.) for nine years. Previous to that he was a VISTA volunteer, and a community and union organizer. He is an accomplished trainer, presenter, facilitator, auctioneer, poet and public speaker.

He is currently Senior Vice President and Dean of City Year. Over the past 25 years he has helped build City Year into a national and international model for youth community service organizations and has been involved in all aspects of organizational development.

He co-founded the City of Boston’s nationally recognized violence and gang prevention program called the Streetworker Program with Mr. Robert Lewis Jr. He founded the Youth Outreach Program (YOP), The City of Boston Peer Leadership Program, The Festival of HOPE and the Citywide Youth Congress, the Boston Youth Olympics and the Youth Worker Alliance (YWA).

He is the co-founder and co-owner of a Boston neighborhood restaurant (Bella Luna) and entertainment complex which includes a nightclub and lounge (Milky Way Lounge). The for-profit venture was started as a community economic development project in Jamaica Plain section of Boston 20 years ago.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the LIFT Boston, The Young People’s Project (YPP) and on the Jackson Square LLC for Urban Edge Community Development Corporation and is actively involved with Project 351.

In 2011, Charlie was awarded an honorary doctorate from U-Mass Boston. He is also the father of two beautiful children, AJ and Ruby, and the husband of the amazing Carol Downs.


Kevin WashingtonKevin Washington

Kevin Washington is the 12th president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the YMCA of Greater Boston, America’s first YMCA. As President of the Greater Boston Y, Washington has re-energized the organization launching a new strategic plan, reducing membership rates across the Association to provide greater access to Y services for all, and implementing a childhood education quality initiative to benefit the thousands of children and families the Y serves throughout Eastern Massachusetts. He has also re-invigorated the YMCA’s General Board of Directors adding 15 new members representing diverse backgrounds, industries and professional expertise.

Prior to joining the Y of Greater Boston in 2010, Washington served as the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford for ten years. Under his leadership in Hartford, the Y invested more than $60 million to expand and develop eight facilities and camps. He also grew the Greater Hartford Y Board by 40 new volunteers.

Washington provides leadership for many national YMCA initiatives including serving on the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Board of Directors. He is the current chair of the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP) Board of Directors, as well as chair of the newly-formed YMCA North American Network (YNAN). Washington is the current chair of the Y-USA CEO Advisory Committee. He is also an active member of the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs Executive Committee and the chair of the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs Summer Learning Loss Committee. In addition, he has been a member of a number of important national YMCA initiatives including the National Diversity Initiative, Aquatics Safety Task Force, and the National Mentorship Program to support young YMCA leaders. Washington is a member of the board of overseers for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a current member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Beta Boulé.

Washington earned a bachelor of arts from Temple University.

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