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Meet the Team: Neighborhood Service Project

Published by Leah Mulrenan on

Meet the 2024 YGPC Neighborhood Service Project (NSP) youth team from the Moses Youth Center and their two volunteer coaches, Dan Legmann and Nick Fratto!

The NSP team identified a need to support the mental health of high school students. Their goal is to create a Youth Summit event that includes engaging activities, media analysis, a Mental Health Advocate Panel, healthy eating, and engaging discussions.

The Moses Youth Center’s NSP program also had a youth team in the 2023 YGPC. Their 2023 team was funded $1,400 to host a summer kickoff cookout that incorporated activities to learn about mental health and how to practice improving mental health.

Their coach Dan Legmann is a Boston-based professional with experience in the supply chain & technology industries and is currently serving as the COO/Co-Founder of PartRunner (a global logistics marketplace). Dan is passionate about fostering growth and innovation within the community. He feels it is extremely rewarding to work alongside the next generation of professionals and help push the limits to achieve their full potential.

Nick Fratto is another coach for the NSP team, and he is a procurement & sales professional based in Boston, Massachusetts with a new career spanning just over 4 years. Nick is currently excelling as the Manager of Member Services at SIG | ORG, a procurement and sourcing association for Fourtne 500 organizations.

“It was not too long ago that I was in their shoes,” stated Nick. Therefore, he believes in the power of mentorship and wants to help the next generation of leaders and innovators.

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., 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.