Taking YouthCare to the Next Level

YouthCare’s many services for the autism spectrum disorder population are no longer just for children. The renowned program chose to reflect its enhanced mission of providing vital support all the way through young adulthood in its new name: Aspire. On April 26, more than 900 guests gathered at the 5th annual gala at the Four Seasons, Boston, to celebrate YouthCare’s achievements and support its vision moving forward as Aspire.

Scott MacLeod, PhD, executive director of Aspire, shared plans for increased innovative programming to serve the growing number and age range of the participant population, including summer camps, school-year resource programs and support services. Aspire participants were the gregarious emcees for the evening’s program. Event co-chair David Long’s son Oliver introduced MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD. The emcees enthusiastically shared hopes and dreams for their futures, made possible by the skills gained through their experiences at Aspire. Celebrity auctioneer Lenny Clarke and Aspire parent Shonda Schilling led the evening’s raffle and auction. More than $1 million was raised through the generosity of many individual and corporate supporters.