The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) recently announced that Gregory Davis will receive one of its prestigious awards for service to children and youth. The awards will be presented at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Jan. 30.
Named for the acclaimed NCLC photographer who documented early 20th century exploitation of children, the Lewis Hine Awards honor individuals who, either as professionals or volunteers, go the extra mile for the well-being of young people.
Davis, a family service manager at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) will be honored for providing youth living in the BHA public housing developments with positive alternatives to drugs and violence.
Over the past two decades he developed groundbreaking programs, such as the federally funded “Youth on the Rise” after-school program; and the “Educating the Minds and Leaving Drugs and Violence Behind Mentorship Basketball League.”
To benefit the BHA youth, Davis has fostered collaborations with the Police Athletic League, The Boston Foundation, the Boston University School of Public Health, Action for Boston Community Development and the North American Family Institute.
Davis has also started his own nonprofit, Metro Boston Alive, which focuses on providing help to families dealing with teens recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.