Lisa Matrundola was recently honored at the January 8th Boston Celtics game with the Heroes Among Us Award. The Heroes Among Us Award is presented to an individual or individuals who, through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community. She was honored as a part of our celebration of mentoring during January as it is National Mentoring Month. Matrundola is a mentor with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) in their Mentor Match Program.
PYD empowers youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, youth development opportunities and inclusion expertise. The organization motivates youth to reach their personal, educational, and career goals and guide organizations in becoming more inclusive. Matrundola has been a mentor with the organization for three years. "It's such an honor," Lisa said about receiving the honor.
Matrundola is from Winchester and is an advocate for disability rights. Her mentee describes her as a role model and leader. "She is a role model for me as she has a disability herself. She has experience in higher level work to make changes in the legislation like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has advocated for many people including people with disabilities and makes it easier for their rights to be respected and heard. With Lisa being a mentor to me, she was the first person with a disability to teach me different rights so that I could learn to speak up for young people like myself. I learned from her about other leaders and presidents with disabilities too. Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped feminize the court and the change of leadership going to women in the United States. Lisa is someone doing that change for young women, too."
We applaud Lisa for her work and tireless dedication to mentoring.
Written by Amelia Aubourg