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Meet the Team: Lynn Lady Leaders

Published by Leah Mulrenan on

Meet the 2024 YGPC Lynn Lady Leaders team and their two volunteer coaches, Amanda Richardson and Carla S. Beaudoin!

The Lynn Lady Leaders plan to support their youth team lead, Divine, in her start-up business, D&D Signatures. Divine’s business sells lip care for women and they hope to see even more of their members find a way to embrace their femininity in creative ways. The program will do this by inviting young women into a sisterhood that will bond over self-care activities; Mani/Pedi parties, facemasks, yoga and meditation classes, hygiene products, and healthy cooking.

Their coach, Amanda Richardson, served as an AmeriCorps member for Social Capital Inc. in 2008 and 2009. She is a management and compliance specialist with experience in both the private and public sectors. A key area of her expertise is synchronizing inter-municipal contract efforts and working with inter-agency collaborations to achieve organizational goals. Amanda is passionate about the SCI AmeriCorps mission. She stated, “It is personally rewarding to give back to a community that helped shape my professional development.”

This is Carla S. Beaudoin’s second time coaching in the YGPC. “I am excited to be a Youth Grant Pitch Contest coach again this year,” shared Carla. “The program offers teens a voice and resources on how they can address mental health issues and challenges they see in their community and among their peers.” Carla is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in non-profit management. As Chief Impact Officer at Impact Community Giving in Greater Boston, Carla supports small-to-medium nonprofits in achieving their missions by focusing on organizational development, fundraising, and program impact.

The goal of SCI’s Pitch Contest is to provide youth with the opportunity to decide how to strengthen their community while practicing valuable professional skills such as public speaking, project management, and community organizing. With the guidance and support of multiple professional volunteer coaches, each youth team will develop their project ideas and be in the driver’s seat of positive change. The youth teams will also have the opportunity to participate in skill-building workshops related to team collaboration, public speaking, and pitch development.

The Pitch program will culminate on April 6th, when SCI will host the in-person Pitch Event at the Microsoft NERD Center where $14,000 of grant funds will be awarded to at least 7 of our participating youth groups. Media are invited to attend the Pitch Event. Funded youth teams will have until November 2024 to complete their respective projects and submit a project impact report.

This project is supported by Kick It for a Cause, Winning Home, Inc., Social Equity Access Fund, Gail O’Rourke, founder, Benefact4, Enterprise Bank, the AmeriCorps Agency, Massachusetts Service Alliance, and a Massachusetts state budget line item, thanks to the advocacy of State Senator Cindy Friedman. Major support for SCI Woburn is provided by Cummings Properties.