State Rep. Paul Brodeur, D-Melrose, recognized Isabelle Couture, an eighth grade student from Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School and a local Project 351 Ambassador, at the Massachusetts State House on May 24.
Couture joined 315 other young leaders across the commonwealth in Spring Service to benefit Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides low-income and homeless children with everyday essentials.
“It was an honor to recognize and thank Isabelle for participating in Project 351 as an ambassador. She is a very civically engaged student, and Melrose is lucky to have her as a leader in the community. I had a wonderful time meeting with Isabelle and her family,” said Brodeur.
This past spring, 315 Project 351 Ambassadors and alumni engaged in a six-week leadership training to gain the skills and confidence to lead positive change. Spring Service was the first of three statewide service campaigns that scaled impact for Project 351′s nonprofit partners. Throughout March and April, Project 351 organized children’s clothing and shoe drives at 369 service sites in 263 cities and towns across Massachusetts. In the first five years of their Spring Service campaign, ambassadors and alumni have impacted more than 62,500 children served by Cradles to Crayons. This spring campaign was the biggest in Project 351 history, and the largest youth-led service initiative in Massachusetts.
“As we celebrate Spring Service, we proudly reflect on the proven power and potential of young demonstrated their generation’s commitment to unity, kindness, and generosity.”
Project 351 is a nonprofit, youth-driven service organization that convenes an eighth grader from every city and town in Massachusetts for a transformative year of development, enrichment and impact through unique service opportunities. Ambassadors are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility and gratitude. Project 351 encourages the selection of unsung heroes and quiet leaders. The Class of 2017 of more than 360 inspiring eighth graders began their term of service in January for a full day of service and celebration convened by Gov. Charlie Baker.