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Lawrence Youth Mentor Ace Vasquez Honored By Celtics

After a troubled youth of his own, Ace Vasquez has become the "mentor whisperer," making a difference in young lives.

by Christopher Huffaker, Patch

As a young man, Angel "Ace" Vasquez was in a gang and spent time incarcerated. Today, he is the "mentor whisperer," making a difference in young lives by mentoring and recruiting other mentors, for the Amigos Mentoring Program with Family Services of the Merrimack Valley. He has recruited over fifteen mentors, and affected dozens of kids lives.

Wednesday night, the Boston Celtics honored Vasquez, as a "Hero Among Us," at their game against the San Antonio Spurs. Vasquez won the award as part of National Mentoring Month.

"I appreciate what I'm getting, but I'm always thinking about the youth first," said Vasquez. "This is so they can get inspired. I'm in the business of saving lives"

Vasquez explained that the youth he has mentored were inspired by his award.


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