Selection Process


Celebrating Quiet Leaders and Unsung Heroes

Project 351 engages eighth grade Ambassadors from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts in a 12-month program of service learning, leadership development, and civic engagement. Ambassadors are diverse in all ways but one -- they share Dr. King’s criteria for a life dedicated to service: “a heart full with grace and a soul generated by love."

Hometown educators select each class of eighth grade Ambassadors. Educators select Ambassadors who have demonstrated an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. We place a special premium on unsung heroes and quiet leaders, and the rich diversity of our Commonwealth.  

Because the selection process is not an open application, the confidential and blind nomination process helps promote the ideals of humility and inclusivity, which enhance the Project 351 community with unique diversity and a common sense of mission.