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Spark Boston Impact Awards

The annual awards shine a spotlight on young adults doing outstanding work to improve Boston.

Each year, we celebrate the contribution of 20- to 34-year-olds to our City with the Annual SPARK Impact Awards. This group makes up nearly half the City’s work force, and about 45 percent of eligible voters. They are an economic engine, adding $1 billion each year in goods and services to Boston.

Award winners

2018 winners
  • Activism: Alvin Tran, nominated for his advocacy work around body image acceptance and eating disorder prevention in Boston.
  • Arts and Culture: Crystal Chandler, nominated for her work to flood Boston's black community with positive messages.
  • Community Building: Jeffrey Lopes, nominated for his service as a Boston Police Officer and work empowering at-risk youth.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Tuan Ho, nominated for his work founding ScholarJet. The program helps students earn scholarships based on their skills.
  • Public Service: Reilly Zlab, nominated for her pioneering work in civic technology at the City of Boston.
  • Unsung Heroes: Tena Reynolds, nominated for her work as a leader in the service industry.
2016 winners
  • Activism and Issue Advocacy: Mario Paredes, who served as Centro Presente's youngest board member.
  • Arts and Culture: Matt Parker, for using poetry as a tool for community building and violence prevention.
  • Community Building: Sherri Snow, for her leadership as Executive Director of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center.
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Ian So, for spearheading the Chicken & Rice Guys Foundation and founding of the Boston Asian Entrepreneurship Foundation
  • Unsung Heroes: Taylor Curley, for supporting her special needs students at the Mattahunt Elementary School.
2015 winner

The 2015 Impact Awards drew more than 200 young Bostonians together to honor thirteen outstanding individuals nominated by their peers. We selected five awardees to tell their personal story on how they shape, create, and support Boston’s future. At the end of the evening, attendees voted for the most compelling presentation. They choose Zoe Barry of ZappRX as the overall 2015 Impact Award winner.

​Barry was awarded a grant to be given to a nonprofit of her choice. She chose the Wonderland BookSavers, an organization dedicated to improving literacy in under-privileged areas.