Elliot Rivera

Elliot comes to YIA with an extensive background in youth-led programs and community engagement, most recently serving as Program Director & Community Engagement Specialist for the Division of Youth Opportunities in the City of Worcester, MA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Worcester State University.

From Elliot: “I am excited about the opportunity to lead such an innovative organization! YIA plays an imperative role in the development of youth and their adult allies, going beyond traditional approaches to leadership development by prioritizing social-emotional development. This leads to effective, long-term impacts on our participants. It truly is an honor to be part of this organization!”

“We are fortunate to have someone of Elliot’s caliber and experience step up to lead Youth In Action,” says Nicole Verdi, Chair of YIA’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to seeing Elliot apply his previous knowledge, experience, and expertise to expand Youth In Action’s community impact.”

Elliot will continue where previous director, Pegah Rahmanian, who was selected to lead Rhode Island College’s Unity Center, left off. Pegah continues to be an important partner and supporter of YIA and is excited for Elliot to become a part of the family. “YIA is a shared experience, and many of us have a stake in its health and success,” says Pegah. “I know that Elliot’s leadership and vision for the organization will honor that collective and collaborative spirit and, in doing so, facilitate the next chapter of YIA.”

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