Four from Dot among Neighborhood Fellows

The incoming group of Boston Neighborhood Fellows: (front row, l-r) : Kaden Mohamed, Fatema Ahmed, Karen Young, Armani White, Shana Bryant, Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg; (back row l-r): Sid Salvodon, Reina Guevara, DaVan Johnson, Chastity Bowick, Nadav David, Gregory Hill.
Photo courtesy The Boston Foundation

The Boston Foundation has selected 12 community leaders to join the 2019-2021 class of Boston Neighborhood Fellows. The 12 Fellows, from across Greater Boston, join the ranks of nearly 170 people selected as Boston Neighborhood Fellows since 1990.

Four of the fellows—Reina Guevara, Fatema Ahmad, Gregory Hill, and Chastity Bowick— are residents of Dorchester. Geuvara, a rising senior at UMass Boston, is development director for the Student Immigrant Movement. Ahmad is the Deputy Director of the Muslim Justice League. Bowick is director of the Transgender Emergency Fund in Massachusetts. Gregory Hill is the junior class academy team leader at the Jeremiah Burke High School and a former program director at Dorchester Youth Collaborative.

The fellows receive a two-year grant, along with leadership and other training. The 2017 Fellows played an integral role in designing and leading the 2018 round of Collaborate Boston, a $100,000 prize competition that encourages new forms of collaboration to solve key problems.

The new class was nominated by past fellows, civic leaders, and key partners selected earlier this year by the Foundation for a two-year program designed to recognize and empower some of those making change happen across Greater Boston. For more, see tbf.org/BNF.