Each year on AmeriCorps Opening Day, new and returning AmeriCorps members across the country get officially sworn in to their year of national service. On November 3rd, nearly a thousand AmeriCorps members from across Massachusetts gathered at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury to celebrate Opening Day.
The all-day event comprised inspirational speeches by two keynote speakers, gathering for lunch together, and then going out to do service either as a team or individually. Keynote speaker Rosalin Acosta, the MA Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development gave a huge shout out to AmeriCorps members at UTEC!
UTEC’s AmeriCorps members went as a team to Cradles to Crayons to help make packets for children in need and to help organize clothing donated to the organization. Cradles to Crayon is a charity organization providing children living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive. From clothes to books to toys, Cradle to Crayons supply these items free of charge to several different communities.
Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Massachusetts Service Alliance, AmeriCorps members at UTEC develop professional skills and contribute to UTEC’s mission of igniting and nurturing the ambition of young adults to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success.
Our team of 10 members serves at UTEC to address the issues of youth violence, unemployment, poverty and education, in the cities of Lowell and Lawrence. AmeriCorps members serve as mentors and tutors across the UTEC program model, from Workforce Development and HiSET Education to Enrichment programming. AmeriCorps members’ service breaks barriers to youth success.
Learn more about AmeriCorps at UTEC here.
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Source: Lowell Sun