FRAMINGHAM – The Foundation for MetroWest presented Framingham native and college student Jordan Ramsay with the 2019 Young Philanthropist of the Year Award at the Spring Inspiration Breakfast on April 25.
This award recognizes an exemplary Youth in Philanthropy student or alum who is passionate and curious about strengthening their community through philanthropy.
Ramsay developed his passion for service at the age of 15 in his first internship at the Foundation for MetroWest developing curriculum for Youth in Philanthropy – the same program he completed the summer before.
Ramsay was the class president for Framingham High when he graduated.
Currently a sophomore at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Ramsay has been working on campaign field strategy and policy at the state and local level since 2017.
On top of being a full-time student, he is a Public Policy Contractor through PROUnlimited working at Facebook on legislative affairs within the State Policy Team.
Formerly, he worked as the Acting-Field Director/Field Organizer of Dr. Nadia Hashimi’s campaign for the US House of Representatives where he designed and implemented GOTV field strategy for the first Afghan-American woman to ever run for Congress. He has also been welcomed onto the campaign staff for races up and down the Democratic ticket — for DC City Council, Massachusetts State Representative, Maryland Governor, and Virginia Senator – and has served as an independent campaign consultant in and around Washington DC and Massachusetts.
Ramsay has recently served as an Elected Delegate to the Second Middlesex and Norfolk’s Democratic caucus and as a Supervisor for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild.
“We were so thrilled to honor Jordan at the Spring Inspiration Breakfast,” said Caroline Murphy, Director of Programs at the Foundation for MetroWest. “We have enjoyed watching him grow from a vocal and energetic participant in Youth in Philanthropy to a dedicated and focused intern in our office to confident young man working in the areas he is passionate about. We are so proud of all he continues to accomplish. He embodies at the core what Youth in Philanthropy can spark in youth and how a young person can harness their power and passion to do good and give back.”
Ramsay was honored to receive this award from the Foundation for MetroWest. After graduation he plans to head back to his hometown of Framingham to run for office and fight for what he believes in: the safeguarding of LGBTQ+ rights, that power belongs to the people, and affordable health care.
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Applications for the 2019 Youth in Philanthropy Fall programs are now open. Visit yipmetrowest.org for more details.
Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is an experiential leadership development program offered through the Foundation for MetroWest designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists–those who give their time, talent and treasure for the common good. The inaugural program ran in 1997, and over the past 20 years YIP has grown to become the largest and oldest youth philanthropy education program in the country. Programs run across MetroWest throughout the year.