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Help SCI develop young leaders into compassionate, engaged adults!
Last week, I was reminded of an amazing fact: SCI programming changes lives. While looking through dusty surveys completed by members of SCI Youth Councils in 2010, I came across a familiar name: Genesis Barrientos.
Genesis is one of our 25 amazing SCI AmeriCorps members this year - a recent college graduate eager to give back to her community and willing to dedicate a year of her life to service. But just five years ago as a high school student in Lynn, she was a Girls Inc. of Lynn member serving on the Part of the Solution Youth Council, a youth leadership council facilitated by SCI AmeriCorps members. So often, college graduates move to big cities with their even bigger dreams; Genesis chose to return home and serve in her community within the after-school program that helped shape her. "Being a part of AmeriCorps after college was always my plan because of the impact the members had on me as a teen at Girls Inc.," she says.
At SCI, we recognize that it takes a lifelong commitment to service and investment in one's own community to truly make a difference. We work everyday to make stories like Genesis' possible. As we kick off our end of year campaign, your donation today will help us reach our year-end goal of $6,850 and allow SCI to develop more young leaders into generous, conscientious adults like Genesis.
200 youth leaders will have the opportunity to serve their communities on SCI Youth Councils throughout Massachusetts this year. In turn, those youth will plan and implement service projects that get an additional 2000 youth engaged in their community. From Dorchester to Fall River to Gloucester to Salem and back to SCI headquarters in Woburn, youth will make an impact leading community service projects to address great community needs: substance abuse prevention, neighborhood walkability and safety, fitness education, and anti-bullying initiatives.
You can also visit our website to read more about other SCI programs that strengthen communities and bring people of all backgrounds and walks of life together in a common goal: healthy, engaged communities.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Former SCI AmeriCorps member
SCI Grants and Communications Specialist