Chavahya Soto receives the Steven E. Collins Leadership Award
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Congratulations are in order for Chavahya Soto, a staff person from People Incorporated's Day Services Program at Riggenbach Road and a former Resiliency Preparatory Academy student, who was recognized by the Department of Developmental Services' Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UYCP) at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Chavahya received the Steven E. Collins Leadership Award in recognition of her passion and dedication to promoting the UYCP program through various speaking engagements, and because her compassion to those with a disability was a role model to many other student interns in the program.
The Steven E. Collins Leadership Award was initiated in 2004. Mr. Collins, the former director of the Human Services Coalition, worked closely with the legislature on bills benefitting people with disabilities. He was a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and for human service programs.
The Urban Youth Collaborative Program began in Boston in June 1992 with the goal of engaging young adults from diverse backgrounds in human services careers. The program has expanded statewide, with interns placed in state-operated programs and with organizations like People, Incorporated, where interns fill full-time summer jobs providing support to individuals with intellectual disabilities.