Information courtesy of the office of the Patrick-Murray administration
Zachary Yousef, a student at the Melican Middle School, was an Ambassador for a Day this past Saturday, when he joined more than 300 eighth graders representing the Commonwealth's 351 cities and towns for a day of service as part of the annual Project 351.
Launched during Governor Deval Patrick’s inaugural in 2010, Project 351 is dedicated to celebrating youth leadership, inspiring the ethic of service, and recognizing the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gov. Patrick hosted a morning Youth Town Meeting at the State House, before joining ambassadors for an afternoon of service at five non-profit and educational organizations across Boston:
• Cradles to Crayons, 155 North Beacon St., Brighton
• Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave., Boston
• Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston
• Hennigan Elementary School/BCYF Community Center, 200 Heath St., Jamaica Plain
• Amory Street Housing, 125 Amory St., Jamaica Plain
Nate Solder of the New England Patriots, Jared Sullinger of the Boston Celtics, and Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins also joined the ambassadors for their service.
The young people who participated were nominated by education leaders in their hometowns based on their exemplary service ethic and spirit of generosity. Together, ambassadors will impact thousands of children, families, and elderly in the areas of nutrition, early childhood health and development, education, and housing and homelessness, while motivating an enduring commitment to the ethic of service.