Susan Gedrick

GTT Summer Institute Director

Grab the Torch Welcomes Susan Gedrick as Summer Institute Director

 Providing Global Growth Through Leadership

Boston, MA, May 14, 2015 - Grab The Torch (GTT) announced today that Susan Gedrick has joined the team to direct and expand the Summer Institute.  

Susan will focus on helping GTT grow to reach a more diverse population of global teens. She will develop the Summer Institute’s 4th summer program in Baltimore, MD in 2016, as well as direct the three national programs already established in Colorado, Massachusetts/Rhode Island and Maine.  She will also work with the team and advisors to create and launch an online curriculum to reach teens globally. 

Susan joins GTT with over 12 years of experience working with teens in schools, summer programs and community organizations.  Most recently, she was the Head of Special Programs and General Manager at Teen Ink, a non-profit promoting teen writing and art.  As an educator, lawyer, non-profit manager and volunteer Susan brings the same core values to GTT that its programs teach: leadership, ethics, empathy and philanthropy.  Susan is passionate about leading teens to give the world a better future.    

Susan comments, “I can’t wait to experience Grab The Torch in action.  It will be amazing to jump right into the programs this summer, meeting the teens, speakers, interns and partners that make Grab The Torch what it is.  Grab The Torch teaches teens that they can make a real difference in the world and I believe they can.  I’m excited to help Grab the Torch grow globally to make a difference in more teens’ lives.”

Dave Aldrich, Founder and CEO of Grab The Torch, said “This is an exciting time for Grab The Torch. I am so happy to have Susan join the team and shoulder some of the work that makes Grab The Torch a life-changing experience for youth. She’s a dream come true.”

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