This is probably the hardest part of the website for me. For those who know me they know I hate talking about myself, but here goes…
My name is Kevin Lilly. I am a 24 year old from Dorchester, and I am also the founder and executive director of Samaritans Steps. I started the organization in 2014 during my senior year in college after convincing my department chair into letting me work on it as my internship. In school I studied entrepreneurship, and for me Samaritans Steps is the perfect marriage of my love of entrepreneurship as well as my love of serving others. My christian faith, my love of others, my love of my city, and my love of justice is what drive me, and they all serve as key factors into why I do what I do. I’m not in this for attention and certainly not for money, but I really want to not only make a difference in the lives of someone, but also make a difference in this city I am proud to call home.
I have an extensive background in advocacy work ranging from writing articles to event testifying in a hearing at the State House in support of a bill to provide services for Homeless Youth. I also serve as a one of the advocacy co-leaders for Harvard’s YHI project. Below this I will include the links to some of my published work. In 2014 I was awarded the Student Leader in Civic Engagement Award, and Senior Service & Social Justice Award from the Lasell College Center for Community Based Learning. I have also been awarded Lasell College’s Student Leader of the Year award during my senior year. In 2015 I was awarded the Community Leadership Award at the Minority Business Expo, and this year I was also appointed by Governor Baker to the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Youth!
Besides Samaritans Steps, my hobbies include traveling, going to live shows, reading, long walks to the tattoo shop, and watching 90s cartoons. Im also a duck- duck- goose world champion haha
Lilly, Kevin. “Fending for Themselves: Impact of Youth Homelessness.” SAMHSA Homelessness Resource Center. SAMHSA, 01 Aug. 2013. Web. 08 Oct. 2013. http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Resource/Fending-for-Themselves-Impact-of-Youth-Homelessness-56162.aspx
Lilly, Kevin. “Voices From the Field: Bearing Witness to Self-Sufficiency.” SAMHSA Homelessness Resource Center Blog. SAMHSA, 01 Sept. 2013. Web. 8 Oct. 2013. http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Blog/post/2013/09/24/Voices-From-the-Field-Bearing-Witness-to-Self-Sufficiency.aspx.
Lilly, Kevin. “A Student Advocates for the Passage of House Bill 135.” MA Coalition for the Homeless. Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, 22 July 2013. Web. 08 Oct. 2013. http://www.mahomeless.org/easyblog/entry/a-student-advocates-for-the-passage-of-house-bill-135-an-act-providing-housing-and-support-services-for-unaccompanied-homeless-youth.