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WHO
WE ARE

OUR STORY

Our co-founders, Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz, opened Y2Y Harvard Square in December 2015, because we believe that all young people should have a safe place to sleep and the resources they need to succeed. Our founding team met while volunteering at Phillip Brooks House Association’s Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS), where during their service, they saw more and more young people come through their doors. Over the course of several years, we learned that young adults needed a youth-driven space because they didn’t feel safe staying in adult shelters. However, the youth-run HSHS was consistently regarded as a safe space for young people. Given that there were only 12 beds specifically for young adults in Greater Boston, it was critical to work to meet this need. In deep partnership with PBHA, we convened a broad, diverse group of stakeholders and worked together to open student-run Y2Y Harvard Square.

OUR TEAM 

SASHA PURPURA

SHE, HER, HERS

Executive Director

SHARON SCOTT

SHE, HER, HERS

Director of Administration

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FAIZA HAFEEZ

SHE, HER, HERS

Data & Operations Coordinator

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BENJAMIN 
GAYTAN RIOS

HE, HIM, HIS

Student & Community Manager, Y2Y HSQ

AMANDA THOMPSON

THEY, THEM, THEIRS

Director of Development

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOB GIANNINO

Ansin President & Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

AYALA LIVNY

Advocate. Consultant. Trainer. Educator.

MARIA DOMINGUEZ GRAY

Class of 1955 Executive Director, Phillips Brooks House Association, Inc.

SKYLER BRADER

Sr. Manager, Portfolio Accounting, The Baupost Group

SARAH ROSENKRANTZ

Co-Founder, Y2Y Network 

GENEVIVE WALKER

CEO & President, Conncecticut Center for Arts and Technology

KEVIN JENNINGS

Chief Executive Officer, Lambda Legal

MINA MAKARIOUS

Partner, Anderson & Kreiger

SIVA EMANI

Medical Student, Harvard Medical School

MICHELLE PATTERSON

Sr. Manager, Portfolio Valuations, The Baupost Group

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