This year's Boston Marathon is going to be EPIC! The impact of last year's marathon events was not only far-reaching, but hit me personally at a level I would have never expected. Running in this year's Boston Marathon will culminate in a journey that has been a year in the making.
Beyond running, I have encountered a new group of amazing people, kids even, who have made this an even more amazing journey. Project 351 is a non-profit organization bringing together 8th graders from all 351 cities and townships of Massachusetts to lead in community service for a full year as ambassadors of their communities starting with the Project 351 launch day of service.
Project 351 launch was convened as a one-day event by Governor Deval Patrick for his 2011 Inauguration. More than 400 eighth graders representing every city and town in the Commonwealth united to serve, develop leadership skills, and discuss issues critical to young people and their communities. By day’s end, the Ambassadors had impacted the lives of more than 8,000 citizens, gained confidence and capabilities, forged friendships with peers from diverse backgrounds, and committed to build the ethic of service in their communities. The day’s success and unique focus on statewide unity compelled the formation of Project 351 as an independent non-profit. (Project 351 does not receive state or federal funds.)
Project 351 celebrates the ethic of service, youth leadership, and the diversity of our Commonwealth. Its vision and mission is made possible by strong partnerships with educators, non-profit organizations, civic leaders, and the investment and active engagement of corporate citizens and foundations.
Help me get to the finish line and support this incredible organization that develops young leaders of tomorrow through community service today.
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