The Ambassador Journey
"I'm One for 351"
From January to December, Ambassadors unite the state in common purpose and scale the ethic of youth service through structured service and leadership development opportunities. These include two Unity Events and three opportunities for local leadership.
Unity Events bring our entire class of Ambassadors together to demonstrate the extraordinary impact achieved by a community of 8th graders united in common purpose. Our full day programs include team-building activities, leadership skills development, and issues awareness to increase knowledge, build empathy, and compel commitment.
Local projects engage youth in Project 351's leadership development training with a customized Service Toolkit, weekly training calls, adult and “near peer” mentoring, and one-on-one coaching. This support inspires and enables the Ambassador to imagine, develop, and lead their own service project at their school, house of worship, or in community.
Launch Day: Annually convened by the Governor and presented by John Hancock, Launch Day celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King and honors the new Class of Ambassadors – which is united for the first time. The full day of celebration and service includes: Morning Celebration of Dr. King at Faneuil Hall; team-based service at high impact non-profit organizations across Boston; and youth Town Meeting and Service Celebration at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. At this event Ambassadors make new friends, gain valuable leadership skills and confidence and return to their hometowns ready for an inspirational year of service.
Spring Service: In our first statewide service initiative of the Project 351 journey, Ambassadors organize children’s clothing and shoe drives to benefit the children and families served by Cradles to Crayons. Each Spring, Ambassadors and Alumni engage hundreds of cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Together, they elevate the challenge of childhood poverty and encourage citizen service and generosity. Because of our Ambassador’s dedication throughout the years, Spring Service is the largest youth-led service initiative in the Commonwealth’s history. Together Project 351 leaders are the largest single provider of in-kind clothing and shoes for Cradles to Crayons in the nation.
Leadership Reunion: Following an impactful Spring Service, Ambassadors reconvene with Project 351 Alumni for our Leadership Reunion. As in January, the Governor and New England Patriots Foundation host Ambassadors and Alumni at Gillette Stadium for high-energy gathering. Our program features leadership workshops, inspirational speakers, high impact service, an Annual Peace and Unity Walk in support of The Martin W. Richard Foundation, and Reunion fun. Ambassadors have plenty of opportunities to reunite with old friends and draw inspiration from our vibrant Alumni community as they enter their summer vacations.
9/11 Tribute Service: 9.11 Tribute Service, in partnership with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, engages Ambassadors and Alumni in service to “honor and remember” those lost on September 11, 2001 and in military combat since. Participating youth leaders organize community drives for wish list items, letters/cards of gratitude, and financial support to create 1000 care packages for local troops serving abroad and veterans served by the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. Ambassadors and Alumni also lead “hometown tributes” to honor the 9.11 anniversary and to support local heroes -- police, fire, and military.
Fall Service: In their final service initiative, Ambassadors and Alumni utilize all the skills they have been sharpening throughout the year to participate in Project 351 Fall Service. Fall Service supports the fight to end hunger in the Commonwealth by raising awareness, resources, and food donations for hometown food pantries. Ambassadors and Alumni engage their local communities by leading food drives at schools, places of worship and community gathering points.
Becoming an Alumni: Following Fall Service, Ambassadors are formally recognized for their year-long efforts and are given an invitation to join the ever-growing Project 351 Alumni community. Opportunities for continued service and leadership development throughout high school include the Alumni Leadership Council (by competitive application) and Alumni engagement in our three statewide service campaigns and the Leadership Reunion.