BOSTON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Laura Assade, FUEL Education's Chelsea facilitator, and Gladys Vega, a member of the FUEL Education Board of Directors, were both named to El Planeta's Powermeter 100, a list of the 100 most influential members of the Latino community in Massachusetts, the newspaper announced recently.
Assade and Vega join other notables on the list, including U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Gov. Deval Patrick and Red Sox star David Ortiz.
"This is a great honor not only for Laura and Gladys, both also for FUEL Education," said Bob Hildreth, the founder and executive director of FUEL Education and three-time Powermeter 100 honoree. "This recognition confirms what we have known for a long time – exactly how invaluable they are to us and the Latino community."
Assade has been facilitating FUEL Education workshops at Chelsea High School since 2009, helping students and their families achieve the dream of attending college. She also serves as Communications Manager for the school district, leading outreach efforts to parents in the community. Assade has been critical in building FUEL Education's presence in Chelsea, which has now helped hundreds of families begin the process of saving for the cost of a college education.
Vega, who joined FUEL Education's board in 2010, is the executive director of the Chelsea Collaborative, where she oversees the budget, fundraising and staff of the non-profit focused on serving and advocating for the rights of the people of Chelsea.
"Gladys and Laura know everybody and everything about Chelsea, and that has been so important for us in our growth there," said Board Chairman Rick Reidy. "Their role in FUEL Education's success cannot be understated."
The Powermeter 100 honorees will be feted at an event at the Museum of Fine Arts on May 20.
FUEL Education fuels the college dreams of underserved families. It is a high-impact, innovative nonprofit, providing knowledge, connections and financial incentives that empower low-income families to propel their children into higher education. FUEL was founded by Robert Hildreth, a banker and social entrepreneur, in 2009. The program currently runs successful sites in Boston, Chelsea and Lynn, Massachusetts. More information is available at www.fueleducation.org.
SOURCE FUEL Education