What are the program highlights of the Ambassadors' year?

Ambassadors serve from January to December and have the opportunity to continue to participate in Project 351 service as Alumni.

Project 351 includes five program milestones:

  • Launch Day, January -- hosted by John Hancock, a high energy, high impact day of celebration and service in Boston. Please see previous question regarding Launch Day for further detail.
  • Leadership Reunion, May -- hosted by the New England Patriots Foundation, a celebratory gathering for Ambassadors and Alumni that features leadership workshops, an afternoon of service, inspirational speakers, the annual Peace & Unity Walk in honor of Martin Richard with the Richard family, and an end-of-day Reunion BBQ. An annual highlight is the presentation of the Myra H. Kraft Giving Back Scholarship to a Project 351 Alumni by the Kraft family. This $20,000 scholarship honors a senior who had demonstrated exceptional service leadership in the Project 351 community and their own. Project 351 is deeply grateful to the Kraft family for their generosity and belief in the power of young people in service.
  • Spring Service, April -- Ambassador-led clothing and shoe drives in support of the homeless and economically challenged children served by Cradles to Crayons (www.cradlestocrayons.org).  In 2016, Ambassadors mobilized the largest youth-led service in the state's history. The team united 266 cities and towns -- including 281 schools -- in support of C2C.  The tireless efforts of Ambassadors and the support of their generous schools and communities collected 5,830 thirty gallon bags of clothing and shoes, which impacted 17,351 children.  The team also raised more than $6,300 in support of C2C's inspiring mission.
  • 9.11 Tribute Service, September -- Ambassadors honor and remember those lost on September 11, 2001 and in active combat since through their support of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (www.massmilitaryheroes.org).  In 2016, the Tribute Service team led 151 projects across the state. Citizens were mobilized to donate "wish list" items, create patriotic cards and letters of gratitude, and donate to MMHF.  Tens of thousands of Items; thousands of red, white, and blue cards; and $10,454 was collected in support of 1000 care packages for active duty service members and local veterans-in-need. On September 11th, a delegation of 30 Ambassadors and Alumni joined Governor Baker to assemble the care packages and to participate in remembrance services with Gold Star families and families of 9.11.
  • Fall Service, December -- the year concludes with the Ambassadors' campaign to end hunger in support of the 255,000 Massachusetts households facing food insecurity. The team is currently leading 116 projects in support of 96 Food Pantries.  Central to their mission are efforts to raise awareness of the local issue of hunger, generate financial support and donations of food, and recruit volunteers for their hometown Food Pantry. Fall Service places special emphasis on civic engagement, with targeted training on building partnerships with elected officials, the media, and local businesses to fight hunger.  The team is inspired to surpass last year's impact of 25,000 pounds of food and to conclude the Ambassador year with a lifetime commitment to serve.

Ambassadors participating in Spring, 9.11 Tribute, and Fall Service are provided with comprehensive training and support including Project 351's customized workbooks and weekly training, Regional Coaches (volunteer educators), and alumni mentors.  Project 351 service stresses the values of humility, gratitude, empathy, inclusion, and respect for the dignity of those we are privileged to serve.