For Immediate Release - August 11, 2011

Patrick-Murray Administration Honors Members of the Department of Developmental Services' Urban Youth Collaborative Program

Young leaders recognized at State House for commitment to individuals with developmental disabilities

BOSTON - The Patrick-Murray Administration today honored members of the Department of Developmental Services' Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UYCP) during a celebration and awards ceremony at the State House. Nearly 200 interns have assisted in the care of individuals with developmental disabilities at state-operated programs and developmental centers through the program this summer.

"I'm very proud of the Urban Youth Collaborative Program and its impact on both the student interns who participate, and the individuals served," said Governor Deval Patrick. "As these young people complete their internships, we hope that they will carry with them a passion for service and will consider pursuing careers in this important field."

The UYCP, now in its 20th year, introduces young adults to the field of human services, helps build an experienced workforce for the future and supports efforts to reduce the stigma associated with developmental disabilities. DDS manages Urban Youth Collaborative internship programs in Boston, Cambridge/Somerville, Fall River, New Bedford, Fitchburg/Leominster, Lawrence, Lowell, Quincy, Brockton, Springfield/Westfield, Holyoke/Chicopee, Worcester and the Central/Western region of the state.

"The Urban Youth Collaborative Program is designed to encourage a diverse group of talented young people to consider careers in the human service field," said Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby. "Through this more than 200 interns had the opportunity to have meaningful experiences with people with developmental disabilities and foster their own commitment to public service."

"Today we honor and thank the participants of the Urban Youth Collaborative Program, who have spent their summer caring for and getting to know people with developmental disabilities across the state," said DDS Commissioner Elin Howe. "They have shown commitment and dedication to this important work and made meaningful contributions to the people they serve. Our hope is that they have learned as much from our consumers as our consumers have learned from them."

In addition to recognizing all of this year's program participants, DDS presented five special awards during today's ceremony. The recipient of the Steven E. Collins Leadership Award was Amanda Dean of Foxboro. This year's recipients of the Current Service Award were Kimberly Champagne of S. Attleboro, Tierney Marceau of Norton and Jeff Hammond of Brockton. The Paulette Anjorin Community Service Award was awarded to the Wrentham Development Center.

The UYCP began in Boston in June 1992 as a collaborative effort with Madison Park High School and Bay Cove Human Services with the goal of interesting young adults from diverse backgrounds in careers in human services. The program has since expanded statewide, with interns placed at state-operated programs, developmental centers and non-profit organizations across the Commonwealth in full-time summer jobs providing support to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Some locations have partnered with local colleges to offer course credit to interns for participating in the program. Since its inception, almost 3,000 interns have taken part in the UYCP, with almost half continuing on to pursue careers in human services.

The following interns participated in the 2011 Urban Youth Collaborative Program:

Metro Boston

  • Kathiana Abraham, Hyde Park

  • Keyona Bell, Arlington

  • Edmondson Britton, Lawrence, Randolph

  • Jaimie Chang, Boston

  • Natalie Crist, Everett

  • Vasthi Desroches, Mattapan

  • Jesseca Dottin-McKie, Roxbury

  • Eufrasio Dylan, Medford

  • Anna Dziechowski, Brighton

  • Pierre Etienne, Medford

  • Tristan Hardy, Winchester

  • Taylor Hill, Braintree

  • Olasha Lewis, Dorchester

  • Yoely Lugo, Boston

  • Jauquet Michael, Roxbury Crossing

  • Marie Rigaud, Mattapan

  • Jeremy Rosario, Malden

  • Eleanore Saintis, Boston

  • Greg Thompson, Winchester

  • Deshawn Townsend, Roslindale

  • Anvy Tran, Dorchester

  • Mark Vicker, Jr., Dorchester

  • Jamel Williamson, Dorchester

  • Sean Wilson, Weymouth

Western Massachusetts

  • John Areche, Westfield

  • Michelle Atiemo, Pittsfield

  • Luis Burgos, Westfield

  • Lora Cortis, Westfield

  • Shawn Douglas, Springfield

  • Kyle Duggan, Westfield

  • Stacey Elander, Westfield

  • Kelly Gallo, Westfield

  • Karen Gates, Belchertown

  • Valerie Goly, Pittsfield

  • Samantha Hahn, Hadley

  • Erica Hunter, Hadley

  • Caitlyn Liberty, Westfield

  • Mary Miemiec, Westfield

  • Tyler Morisette, East Longmeadow

  • Kelsey Poole, Westfield

  • David Raffelock, Springfield

  • Sara Reyome, Westfield

  • Julia Wagner, Westfield

  • Sarah Walachy, Westfield

  • Lauren Weiner, Feeding Hills

Central Massachusetts

  • Prince Acquaye, Worcester

  • Freda Agyemang, Worcester

  • Toni Ambrogio, Whitinsville

  • Paige Bailey, Auburn

  • Ethan Berube, Westminster

  • Steve Black, Shrewsbury

  • Casey Caron, North Brookfield

  • Jamie Conners, Monson

  • Amanda Crowe, Upton

  • Kaytlin David, Athol

  • Ashley Davis, Worcester

  • Rebecca DeCoteau, Leominster

  • Andrew DeKlerk, Worcester

  • Sara Diaz, Worcester

  • Aisha Donzo, Worcester

  • Nana Dwira, Worcester

  • Christopher Flores, Grafton

  • Tania Guzman, Worcester

  • Tyler Hartley, Gardner

  • Amanda Henderson, Dunstable

  • Yadira Hernandez, Worcester

  • Danielle Knight, Baldwinville

  • Cynthia Kyei-Akomeah, Worcester

  • Justin Lafrenier, Warwick

  • Jecelia Mitchell, Fitchburg

  • Kareem Nathan, Worcester

  • Katie O'Malley, Sterling

  • Emily Pacheco, Gardner

  • Kevin Rigopoulos, Athol

  • Kiarali Rivera, Worcester

  • Daniel Seco, Royalston

  • Alyssa Smith, Worcester

  • Trevor Stock, Grafton

  • Abigail Taylor, Worcester

  • Kylee Tidman, Townsend

  • Matthew Tomaiolo, Grafton

  • Matthew Tucker, Marlboro

  • Lindsey Vivlamore, Worcester

  • Sharday Walker, Worcester

  • Heidi Wehmeyer, Winchendon

  • Dennis Yiadom, Worcester

Southeastern Massachusetts

  • Marley Antoine, Brockton

  • Richy Antoine, Brockton

  • Sabrena Bailey, Brockton

  • Wade Bernier, Lakeville

  • Christopher Briody, E. Taunton

  • Tyler Browne, E. Taunton

  • Marcel Burgo, New Bedford

  • Earl Cenate, Randolph

  • Joshua Cenate, Randolph

  • Kimberly Champagne, S. Attleboro

  • Tiequon Conceicao, New Bedford

  • Emily Curley, Taunton

  • Kayla DaPonte, Taunton

  • Amy Demoranville, Lakeville

  • Joshua Drane, Lakeville

  • Lisa Flaherty, Brockton

  • Phillip Gay, Brockton

  • Olivia Gbale, Franklin

  • Claudine Grell, Brockton

  • Jeffrey Hammond, Brockton

  • Jennifer Hardy, New Bedford

  • Jacob Harnois, Taunton

  • Marissa Harnpukdipatina, Attleboro

  • Treya Hooban, Taunton

  • Phiroth Khourn, Fall River

  • Grace Koah, Brockton

  • Lilian Lima, Brockton

  • Tierney Marceau, Norton

  • Olivia McGlone, Dartmouth

  • J.J. Moise, Brockton

  • Cheryl Neufville, Brockton

  • Mbom Ngu, Taunton

  • Kelsey O'Connell, Taunton

  • Analin Sanchez, New Bedford

  • Sandra Smart, Taunton

  • Daphcar Terrane, Brockton

Northeastern Massachusetts

  • Angela, Addae, Chelmsford

  • Vincent Antwi, Lowell

  • Joseph Barbuzzi, Salem

  • John Baribeault, Newburyport

  • Samantha Baribeault, Newburyport

  • Robert Barry, Methuen

  • Brett Battistelli, Beverly

  • Deanna Baumert, Merrimac

  • Emmanuel Begon, Peabody

  • Jamal Beh, Lowell

  • Stephen Beliveau, Haverhill

  • Gregory Bevins, Peabody

  • Christopher Bonacorso, Swampscott

  • Julio Brito, Haverhill

  • Alexandra Canning, Newburyport

  • Mackenzie Carpenter, Peabody

  • Nicole Cataldo, Middleton

  • Alicia Charette, Billerica

  • Elsadig Elsadig, Lynn

  • Joseph Fedullo, Middleton

  • Lauren Fiore, Peabody

  • Joyce Fombah, Lowell

  • Adam Gallant, Rowley

  • Andrew Gauthier, Lowell

  • Judith Gitahi, Lowell

  • Alexander Glover, Lynn

  • Amanda Granfield, Billerica

  • Lisa Hannaford, Lynn

  • Lindsay Hursty, South Hamilton

  • Emily Janvier, Salem

  • Maria Kachinski, Peabody

  • Moijue Kaikai, Lowell

  • Festus Kromah, Lynn

  • Kevin Kunga, Lowell

  • Kelfala Lebbie, Lowell

  • Robert Lemoine, Saugus

  • Chris Leone, Lynn

  • Renee Malionek, Danvers

  • Mariela Mendez, Haverhill

  • Jillian Montuori, Chelmsford

  • Nicholas Moore, Topsfield

  • Cameron Mulvey, Lynn

  • Jennifer Mutunga, Lowell

  • Alison Nazzaro, Boxford

  • Michael Nazzaro, Boxford

  • Samantha Nelson, Salem

  • Victor Omenya, Dracut

  • Jason Orsini, Lynnfield

  • Aida Ortiz, Lowell

  • Marleni Paulino, Methuen

  • Michael Pennacchio, Peabody

  • Derek Pigulski, Peabody

  • Aoko Rachier, Dracut

  • Katie Ruccolo, Topsfield

  • Antoine Salvador, Lynn

  • Benjamin Sebuufu, Wenham

  • Thaina Serelus, Methuen

  • Benjamin Simmers, Methuen

  • Conor Sullivan, Lynnfield

  • Eden Sunday, Andover

  • Adam Tidcomb, Beverly

  • Matt Weinburgh, Bradford

  • Jeremy Weiner, Groveland

  • Julia Weiner, Groveland

  • Kristin Westaway, Methuen

  • Joanne Varnie, Lowell

  • Gabriel Yeboah, Lowell


  • Kenny McClure, Enfield

  • Brendan Ryan, Oxford

New Hampshire

  • Jenna Cassidy, Epping

Rhode Island

  • Oluwatosin Adewusi, E. Providence

  • Curtis Emel, Pawtucket

  • Elton Holt, Providence

  • Heather LaFaive, Cumberland


  • Kayla Waryas, Chester

About the Department of Developmental Services

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

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