The Rhode Island Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs announced their 2017 Hometown Hero award will be awarded to Senator M. Teresa Paiva Weed. The Hometown Hero award is presented every year to the Rhode Island Company, Foundation, or individual who epitomizes the spirit of Community involvement and support.

Senator Paiva Weed is known for her advocacy and consideration for vulnerable populations.

“M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D – District 13, Jamestown, and Newport) was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1992. In January 2009, Senator Paiva Weed was first elected by her colleagues to serve as President of the Senate. Senator Paiva Weed is the first woman in Rhode Island’s history to serve in this capacity. Senator Paiva Weed was re-elected President in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Before becoming Senate President, Senator Paiva Weed served as Rhode Island’s first female Senate Majority Leader, a position she held for five years. She had previously served as Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee from 2002 through January 2004. From 2000 to 2002, she served as Deputy Chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Environment. From 1997 through 2000, she served as the Senate’s first woman Chair of the Judiciary Committee. Prior to her election to the Senate, Ms. Paiva Weed was Chairwoman of the Newport Affordable Housing Commission, and she has served as a member of the Newport Democratic City Committee since 1988.”

The Rhode Island Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs consists of seven autonomous organizations, working together to inspire and enable youth across Rhode Island to realize their full potential.

Now serving more than 25,000 youth, our Clubs are changing and saving lives with a wide variety of programs focused on Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles.

The Hometown Hero Award will be awarded during the 2017 State of Rhode Island Youth of the Year Dinner and Celebration on Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church on 97 Walcott Street in Pawtucket, RI.