Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s Bright Futures AmeriCorps program honored 9/11 by participating in AmeriCorps National Day of Service. Thirteen members participated by spending the day assembling and delivering 1,350 hygiene kits to local charities that included Boys & Girls Clubs, The Lord’s Place, Tree Life of Center, and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team. Each kit contained shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, a toothbrush, and body soap. Thanks to Hello Hygienics, a student-led initiative that strives to combat homelessness by providing wellness kits for those in need, for supplying the items.
“It’s been more than 20 years since 9/11. We continue to honor the sacrifices made that day by remembering the heroes, armed forces, first responders, and countless others whose selfless acts of service defended our nation’s freedom. On the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, we invite you to cross divides, differences, and ideologies to come together in service to honor those lost and those whose lives were forever changed that fateful day. Lift each other up, neighborhood by neighborhood, just as Americans did more than 20 years ago, united to serve,” AmeriCorps stated.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County ‘s Bright Futures AmeriCorps Program works hand in hand with the agency’s Career Bound Program by providing out-of-school education support, mentoring, service-learning activities, and pre-college and college enrollment services to middle and high school-age youth at 11 Clubs, impacting 1,000 youth across Palm Beach County, Florida. AmeriCorps members are also involved in direct service activities throughout the year as well as community service.
“Most of our AmeriCorps members were once Club members. As they grow comfortable in their new role, they are quick to recognize their personal growth and the impact they are making on our current members. They fully appreciate that their service allows them to give back and contribute to fulfillment of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” said Jada Diogostine, Bright Futures AmeriCorps & Youth Volunteer Corps Program Manager for Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “I am excited to see what the future AmeriCorps Day of Service looks like.”
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