My name is Rick Aggeler. I began my time with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston as a volunteer teaching drum lessons. In 2006, there was no focused music programming at any of the BGCB clubs. With a friend, we began a small part-time program where we gave small group lessons to about 15 kids.
Under the support of an incredible Executive Director at the time, and with some amazing program partners, I was able to put together a full-time music program at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club. Since its inception in 2007, we've replicated our program at five other Clubs in Boston, and I oversaw all of them. Specifically, helping kids find success via music is my passion.
At the age of seven, I had brain surgery, and was unable to play any sports. Drums became my creative getaway, and it helped me build my confidence and self-esteem. Through Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston I've been able to help kids by the way of making music, to amazing places such as: Gillette Stadium, TD Garden, Colgate University, Berklee Performance Center, and at many private events. One of our Members even went to the Grammys in 2014!
Currently I am the Director of Operations at the Blue Hill Club in Dorchester, where I oversee all of our staff and 300 kids a day. I feel very lucky to serve our families and to be a small part of an incredible after-school program like the Blue Hill Club.
SPARK IMPACT AWARDS
SPARK Boston is Mayor Walsh’s millennial engagement initiative. Our mission is to engage the next generation of civic leaders and social entrepreneurs in the work of city government. From dedicated public servants to community builders and connectors, millennials are some of Boston’s most impactful citizens. Each year, the City of Boston celebrates the millennial contribution to our city with the Annual SPARK Impact Awards.