FITCHBURG — Two eighth grade students attending Fitchburg Public Schools were recently selected as Project 351 ambassadors from Fitchburg for the Class of 2023.
Hadley McGovern, an eighth grader enrolled at Memorial Middle School, was selected by her educators because, “She is always concerned with making her classmates feel welcome. She is a quiet leader who constantly seeks to make her environment better. Hadley has consistently welcomed and supported many of the new students to Memorial as they transferred from other schools in the district this year.”
Hunter Raboin, an eighth grader enrolled at Longsjo Middle School, was selected by his educators because, “He is kind and compassionate. He is quick to help other classmates when they are struggling and offers encouragement and support. Hunter has a positive attitude when approached with a challenging situation.”
The Class of 2023 begins the 13th year for Project 351. Project 351 is a nonprofit youth-led movement for positive change and the only model of its kind in the nation. Annually, they unite an ambassador class of eighth grade unsung heroes and quiet leaders — representing Massachusetts’ 351 cities and towns — for a year of leadership development, service learning, and civic engagement. Youth are selected by hometown educators for their kindness, compassion, and aspirations as change makers and bridge builders. Over a 12-month term, the ambassadors hone their skills and knowledge required of bold leadership, forge friendships across diverse communities, and scale impact for innovative nonprofit organizations.
In the first 12 years, 4,492 eighth graders have positively impacted more than one million of our most vulnerable neighbors through service. As they lead, ambassadors advance the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the Beloved Community and their generation’s aspirations for unity, inclusion and social justice.
Ambassadors from the 351 cities and towns will gather on January 14, 2023, at Faneuil Hall to begin their 12-month Leadership Journey. Ambassadors join a community where they will learn from the diverse perspectives and ideas of their peers, deepen their knowledge of critical issues; and lead service that creates a transformative impact for ten of thousands of neighbors across the Commonwealth. Ambassadors build skills critical to classroom and community success including communication, project management, leadership of diverse teams, collaboration, impact evaluation, and the values of gratitude, inclusion, and generosity.
For more information, visit project351.org or email Mary Cringan at firstname.lastname@example.org