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Youth Development Leader Josh Kraft to Speak at Lasell College 2010 Commencement

April 6, 2010

Josh Kraft, a youth development leader and President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, will deliver the commencement address for Lasell College on Sunday, May 16, 2010.

Kraft, who has 20 years of experience in youth development in the Boston area, became the Nicholas President and Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston in 2008. Throughout his career he has focused on serving youth and families in the Boston area.

"Josh Kraft has shown extraordinary commitment to youth and families in the Boston area. He will be an inspiration to our students, families and the Lasell community as an example of the power of community service as a way of life," said Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander.

Prior to assuming his position at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, he was the Founding Executive Director of BGCB's Gerald and Darlene Jordan Club in Chelsea. For 15 years, he led the after-school program from the basement of a public housing development serving 75 youth per day through four temporary spaces, until the current state-of-the-art building could be built. Today the Jordan Club annually serves nearly 1,000 children and teens.

Kraft also serves on the Board of Julie's Family Learning Program in South Boston and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, is an Advisory Board Member for The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters, and is a volunteer soccer and basketball coach in Newton.

Concurrently, he is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the New England Patriots Foundation where he oversees numerous initiatives, such as the Community MVP Awards and License Plate Campaign.

He received his Bachelor's from Williams College, and his Master's in Education and Social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

At commencement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Taylor Field at Lasell's Newton, Mass. campus, Kraft will also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.


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