The South Boston Community Health Center’s Youth Ambassadors embark on their sixth service trip on Tuesday, April 22nd, heading again to Long Island, New York as they did last year. The Youth Ambassadors have not forgotten the devastating effects Hurricane Sandy had on Long Island in October 2012 and that help is still needed in this community. In this spirit, Youth Ambassadors will spend their spring vacation working in Long Island with a Jewish organization called NECHAMA. Their work is based on the Jewish value of “Tikkun Olam”, which is Hebrew for repairing the world through acts of goodness. NECHAMA continues this mission for Long Island through house restoration and other community development programs.
While in Long Island, Youth Ambassadors will be gutting homes, painting, installing sheet-rock, removing debris from a home, or finishing out a home. The Youth Ambassadors are committed to community service in their neighborhood and beyond. The yearly experience of traveling to disaster relief sites solidifies their resolve to make a difference once they return home to South Boston.
Youth Ambassadors is a program sponsored by the South Boston Community Health Center that facilitates lasting relationships between the youth of South Boston and adults, builds leadership skills, promotes civic-mindedness, and raises awareness around health issues affecting the South Boston community. Our youth gain skills and knowledge through art projects, health education, and community service.
Previous community service trips to the Gulf Coast and Alabama have been life changing for the young participants as well as their adult chaperones. They have felt a great sense of accomplishment by representing South Boston in recovery relief efforts and have gained valuable experience by helping others.
Best of luck to our Youth Ambassadors! We are proud of your service.