January 11, 2023

Benjamin Boi, a residential counselor for The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Intensive Treatment Team (ITT) Apartment 1, has worked for NECC since 2006. Boi was nominated by colleagues because he is “the most deserving and is truly incredible,” and because he “brings a positive attitude to every shift he works; he even picks up during the day shift and works so well with every student! He goes above and beyond for both staff and students.”

How long have you worked for NECC?

I started with NECC on February 6, 2006 and was stationed at School Street for two years. I floated for a few months before I found the opportunity at ITT 1 in 2008.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Everything about NECC – the people, the community we have and are building – is profound (and doing better every year).

Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?

I come from a family who used to run education and finances in old Sudan (now it is South Sudan), so teaching is in my DNA. I was raising a young family at the time and going to college, so I needed flexibility, and NECC was flexible with my schedule. I have made a career at NECC.

Why have you stayed at NECC?

The NECC community is doing everything it can to improve lives of students, working conditions, and inclusion of their employees.

What is something you wish people knew about being a residential counselor?

The position requires honesty, integrity, and good ethics.

Who is someone you look up to?

My parents.

What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?

Love your people every day – negative or positive. Live now, plan for tomorrow. Make it a great day every day. It’s not about you, it’s about the people around you.