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Inspiring Stories from North End & Downtown

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Boston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars from North End & Downtown below.

Stuart Ablon

Think:Kids was started in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital to help spread an innovative new approach to helping kids with behavioral challenges. The approach, which runs counter to conventional wisdom, was showing remarkable results in homes and schools across North America, but few people knew about it. In the past ten years, we have been able to grow the organization such that we now reach hundreds of thousands of kids and families. Read more>>

Eli Cleveland

I have always loved putting things together and taking things apart. Fortunately, my parents were very encouraging which meant that my friends and I were always cooking up some project in the basement or back yard. I went to college at the University of Georgia, but stayed hands-on with woodworking. My apartment became a workshop. Friends would come over with an idea for a piece of furniture and we would set to work with basic tools and some wood from Home Depot. Read more>>

Fred and Frances Mathieu

Two years ago, we started having meetings with friends and families about building something for our community. At the time, we didn’t know what it was going to be. Through conversation, we heard a lot of people speak on two major dilemmas. First was that mainstream media often did not cover content relevant to millennials of color. The second issue was the lack of events or things to do in Boston. Read more>>

Nick Raccuia

After more ingredient testing, research and baking, I finally found a chocolate brownie recipe that I (and all the guinea pigs!) really liked. I started sharing it with others, got additional feedback and kept tweaking the recipe. After a few more iterations, I started working with a manufacturer to help me bake them on a much larger scale. Two years and thousands of customers later, I’m excited that my keto-friendly snack has allowed many to adhere to their ketogenic lifestyles! Read more>>

Lucas Jablonski

Furniture is special because it’s what turns our houses into homes. The crib in the first baby’s room, the dining table, and chairs set for your first-holiday meal – these are memorials in our lives, moments we will never forget. And to be able to have that furniture forever, to pass those pieces down to your children, is like being able to pass that love from one generation to the next. Read more>>

Melissa Stacey

Many years ago, I found myself in a career I didn’t enjoy and in a job that created a great deal of stress in my life. At the time there were a number of organizing shows on television, which sparked the idea about a Professional Organizing business. Through my research of the industry, I found the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO), took some workshops and ultimately created Feeling Organized. I found myself enjoying the organizing work, as well as running the business. Read more>>

Nicole Itani

For as long as I can remember, I always had a camera in my hand. Everyone always counted on me to capture photos and share them. There’s something about the ability to capture a single moment and cherish it for a lifetime. What began as a hobby, started to give me a purpose to help others. A few years ago, I lost my mom. It changed me as a person. One of the hardest things I have ever gone through. I now only have photos left to share all the great stories and memories of my mom with my girls. It gave photography a whole new meaning. Read more>>

Mentor Collective

Mentor Collective began four years ago as a side project, created to help international students acclimate to American institutions. At first, my co-founder Jackson and I thought we could manage this side project with sixty hour weeks in management consulting; we could not. So we took a sabbatical, during which we planted the seeds of the company we run today. Read More >>

Tess Atkinson

I grew up in Worcestershire, England and moved to the US with my family when I was 12 years old.  Inspired by my grandmother in England, who created the most delicate and beautiful paintings on silk, I adored drawing and painting as far back as I can remember.  It wasn’t until my junior year of college in Paris that photography captured my heart. Read more>>

Alix Seun

Starting up a clothing brand was something I’ve always wanted to accomplish but for some reason, I’ve never really gone for it! It’s funny because, around the same time last year, my business partner Steven and I was going through a dark phase in our lives, but we helped each other overcome that obstacle. At that point, I felt like the universe had brought us together and because of him, I wouldn’t have made the decision to create Collective Luna! During this journey, we created a bond that’s unbreakable, Steven Rameriz and Josmar Pizarro had become family. They are the light to this brand and without them, Collective Luna wouldn’t be here! Read more>>

Yolanda Coentro

Growing up as first generation US born citizen with parents who worked several jobs to make ends meet, I didn’t always see leadership as an option for me but I knew early that fighting against injustice would be my priority in life. I was the first in my dad’s family to graduate from college and later earned my MSW. Upon graduation, I set off to work in the nonprofit sector. I wanted to be a social change agent. I excelled in direct service and later, as a program manager. But I was never encouraged to set my sights higher and in many ways, I had already achieved more professionally than I ever imagined I could. That changed when I attended the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. Read more>>

Jack Abbott

While in college studying both Fashion and Finance, my now fiancé was a thriving young hair stylist. His passion for the hair industry and his clients inspired me. He ignited a passion in me that I didn’t know I had. With him and my families guidance and support, I made the decision to start my career in the beauty industry, Once I began my training, it all made sense. I quickly realized I had found what I LOVED to do. Read more>>

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