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Raffle winner for Suffolk University master’s class announced

The Providers' Council is pleased to announce Julie Kennedy, Associate Executive Director at Old Colony YMCA in Brockton, is the winner of the raffle for a free, graduate-level course in Suffolk University’s Master of Public Administration Program.

This was the second year the Providers’ Council and Suffolk University’s Institute for Public Service have partnered to raffle a free course, valued at more than $3,500, to allow a qualified Providers’ Council member employee try the program to decide if pursuing an MPA is right for them.

“I am very excited and humbled to be the selected recipient of the class, as pursuing my master’s has been a goal of mine for a long time and this will help me jump start getting back in the classroom and further my education,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy’s career started with Old Colony Y in 1997 as a part-time camp counselor, igniting a passion that turned into a 20-year career with the Y. She has held various positions in the child care, school, teen and camp programs, and currently serves as the associate executive director of the Middleboro Y Branch, overseeing the membership, child care and camp departments. 

In 2016, the first time the raffle was held, Samantha Hall, Communications and Advocacy Manager at The Home for Little Wanderers, was selected as the recipient and took the course Leadership Strategy in an Interconnected World. Hall is currently enrolled in the Providers’ Council’s Graduate-Level Certificate in Nonprofit Human Services Management Program. She plans to use the credits to continue her education and earn an MPA.

“Winning the Suffolk class through the Providers’ Council was greatly beneficial and came at the perfect time,” Hall said. “It helped me get back into school mode and get familiar with the university. I want to give a sincere thank you to Providers’ Council for helping me continue my education.”

The Providers’ Council has worked in conjunction with Suffolk University to create education opportunitites for the human services workforce for more than 10 years, expanding the partnership from the Certificate Program to offering scholarships for graduate programs, co-host trainings designed for executive leadership staff and helping members recruit interns from Suffolk University’s various education programs.