Impact

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Uniting the Next Generation

Each January to December, a new class of eighth grade unsung heroes gains the skills to mobilize communities and change lives. Their leadership of signature service opportunities demonstrates that remarkable change is possible when young people put courage, compassion, and community first.

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Since 2011:

 
 

3,001

Eighth graders have been selected by hometown educators to represent their communities as Project 351 Ambassadors

 
 

556,616

Neighbors have been positively impacted through Ambassador-led projects in support of Cradles to Crayons, Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, Greater Boston Food Bank, Martin Richard Foundation, Pine Street Inn, and hundreds of hometown food pantries across the state

 

 

Since January:

 
 

95,643

Neighbors have been served by the The Class of 2018 & our Alumni

 
 

In partnership with:

Christmas in the City
Cradles to Crayons
Fresh Truck
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Greater Boston Food Bank
HESSCO Elder Services (Norfolk County)
Hope & Comfort
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School (Dorchester)
Martin Richard Foundation
Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund
Meals of Hope
Merrimack Valley Food Bank
St. Ambrose Family Inn (Dorchester)
Summer Urban Program of the Phillips Brooks House Association
Wonderfund
Worcester County Food Bank
Y2Y Cambridge

 

As they serve and lead, Ambassadors:

 
 
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Develop the confidence, awareness, and skills required of leaders

 
 
 
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Strengthen the values of kindness, compassion, gratitude, and inclusion in schools and communities

 
 
 
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Mobilize their peers and neighbors to give back and make a difference

 
I always knew that there was a leader inside of me, but it wasn’t until Project 351 that I felt the confidence to explore that part of me. The growth that I have seen in myself can’t be measured in pounds of food collected or bags of clothes donated. Rather, it can be seen in the growth of my compassion and confidence. Project 351 has made me a better person in every way imaginable, and for that I will always be grateful.
— Elizabeth Hopkinson, Alumni Leadership Council, Westborough