Project 351 today announced the members of the 2018 Alumni Leadership Council (ALC), a group of Project 351 high school alumni, including one from Watertown, who serve as stewards of Project 351’s mission and values.
The group sent out the following information:
Project 351 is a statewide youth service nonprofit organization that develops a rising generation of “community-first” citizen leaders. Annually, an eighth grade unsung hero and quiet leader is selected by every city and town in Massachusetts for a transformative year of development, enrichment, and impact through unique service opportunities. Alumni leadership provides invaluable mentorship; extends the reach and impact of Project 351 statewide service; and serves as an innovation lab for aspiring social entrepreneurs and community builders.
“Project 351 believes in the unlimited potential of young people to lead in powerful and transformative ways in every community in Massachusetts,” said Carolyn Casey, Executive Director and Founder of Project 351. “As eighth-graders, our young leaders engage hundreds of cities and towns in service, build bridges to foster unity, and encourage kindness and generosity in their hometowns. As graduates in high school, alumni continue to build a powerful, statewide movement of youth service founded on the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. We are proud of the ALC’s sustained commitment to build a more united and engaged Commonwealth.”
The ALC includes three governance teams: Senior Leadership Corps (SLC), high school seniors who will serve as Board of Advisors for the organization and intern on projects to strengthen organizational excellence; Alumni Mentoring Corps (AMC), sophomores and juniors who will each mentor a Service Hero team of eighth graders throughout their twelve-month Ambassador journey; and Regional Unity Corps (RUC), freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will build greater regional unity and increase local service and leadership development opportunities. Together, the members of the ALC reflect an exemplary standard of leadership, as they engage Alumni and the broader community to extend the statewide reach and impact of Project 351’s service.
The members of the 2018 SLC are:
The members of the 2018 AMC are:
The members of the 2018 RUC are:
Since its start in 2011, Project 351 has empowered more than 2,600 students and impacted over 420,000 neighbors through service and leadership across the Commonwealth. Each year, Project 351’s new generation of eighth-graders convenes for a year’s term to develop the courage, confidence, and capabilities to lead change. Program highlights include January Launch with Governor Baker to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Leadership Reunion with Governor Baker and the Kraft Family at Gillette Stadium; Memorial Day Remembrance; and three statewide service campaigns: Spring Service in support of Cradles and Crayons, September 11 tribute in support of Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, and Fall Service to help end hunger by supporting local food pantries.
About Project 351:
Project 351 is a youth service non-profit organization that develops a rising generation of “community-first” citizen leaders. Launched by Governor Deval Patrick in 2011 and now convened by Governor Charlie Baker, Project 351 fosters unity and strengthens the ethic of service through the engagement and enrichment of an eighth grade Ambassador from every city and town in Massachusetts. Annually, Ambassadors are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude, and engage in a transformative year of youth-led service projects. Since its founding in 2011, Project 351 has engaged more than 2,200 eighth-graders as Ambassadors, who have united to impact more than 250,000 lives through youth-led service. Project 351 is supported by the generosity and civic engagement of private sector and civic leaders including Carob Tree Foundation, John Hancock, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Martin Richard Foundation, Converse, the O’Brien Family, Governor and Mrs. Deval Patrick, and the Carmen Family.