Triton Regional School District will serve as a Youth Service America Lead Agency, mobilizing the area’s young people to lead volunteer service projects that help meet community needs on 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance (September 11, 2019), MLK Day of Service (January 20, 2020), and Global Youth Service Day (April 17-19, 2020). These three days are officially designated as National Days of Service by the 2009 Serve America Act.
With grant funding from The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service along with training and support from YSA (Youth Service America), Triton will build a culture in which all young people in the three towns that make up the district have the opportunity and support to find their voice, take action, and make an impact in their communities. As the official local organizers for these national days of service, Lead Agencies are a vital part of YSA’s work to activate all youth, ages 5-25 – especially those in under-served communities who aren’t usually asked to participate.
The first of the three large-scale community events is set to take place on 9/11, where the entire district, along with Amesbury High School will work together to “Remember and Serve.” Triton has partnered with several local organizations including the VA hospital in Bedford, MA to bring the project to life. Elementary school students will decorate donation boxes and collect items for our veterans and active duty military, while Middle and High School students will have a moment of silence at 8:46am, and then will take 10-15 minutes at the same time to write thank you notes to our active duty military.
“We are thrilled to partner with Triton Regional School District and the thousands of young people in the area who will serve and celebrate on these days of service,” said Steven A. Culbertson, President and CEO of YSA. “We’re currently leaving two-thirds of our young citizens out of actively participating in our democracy. Volunteering is a gateway to a lifetime of civic participation and days of service are on-ramps to volunteering, especially for first-time volunteers.”
“I truly believe that creating a culture of service to others has a widespread and lasting impact on the world around us,” said Brian Forget, Superintendent at Triton. “We are so thankful to YSA for trusting in our efforts and the proposal we put forward to continue to build a service mindset in our schools and community at large, and to Julie Romano for her work in making this partnership a reality.”