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Midshipmen Action Group to Participate in Spring Community Service Projects

  POSTED ON: Monday, March 16, 2015 10:01 AM by mediarelations@usna.edu

#018-15     ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The  Naval Academy Midshipmen Action Group (MAG) is preparing to participate in a variety of community service events this semester including multiple spring break community service trips around the country and several local projects as well.  

The following are some of the events and activities in which MAG will participate during spring break, March 14 – 22. Midshipmen will travel to Tucson, Ariz.; San Diego; New Jersey shore; and New York City to participate in community service projects.

Eleven midshipmen and one faculty member will travel to Tucson, Ariz., to run a week-long tutoring and mentorship camp with the Tucson Boys and Girls Clubs. Activities will include assisting children with homework, tutoring, arts and crafts, and other extracurricular activities as well as Boys and Girls Club facility maintenance and upgrades.

Midshipmen traveling to San Diego will provide trail maintenance on the Pacific Crest Trail. Projects on this site will range from clearing drainage ditches, brushing back vegetation, correcting erosion problems, moving stone for water bars and embankments, and building rock stairs and drainage structures. Eleven midshipmen and one faculty member are participating in this spring break trip.

Ten midshipmen and one faculty member will travel to New Jersey during spring break to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Sandy in the Jersey Shore area. The midshipmen will help with projects that involve various stages of the rebuilding process, from demolition to insulating, and from hanging drywall to installing final trim.

Midshipmen will travel to New York City for  a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach project with New York City area schools that have been historically underrepresented in the Naval Academy applicant pool. This project will allow midshipmen to interact and  mentor New York City youth by using hands-on projects to help show students how science, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday life.

In late March, midshipmen will volunteer at the Annapolis Homeless Resource Day located at Annapolis High School. This event is an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness to access benefits, medical care, substance abuse resources and mental health counseling. Midshipmen will assist in the event set-up Friday, March 27, and with the event Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MAG members participate in numerous local volunteer and community service programs throughout the academic year. Last year MAG logged over 24,000 volunteer hours of community service projects locally and throughout the country.

Established in 1992 as a community relations program for and by the Brigade of Midshipmen, MAG currently offers a variety of educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects in coordination with community partners from the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas, as well as regional and national partners.  MAG prepares midshipmen for future service by encouraging peer leadership, teamwork, character development, morale, selflessness and goodwill towards others. 

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects like small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, leadership, ethics and military law.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a federally funded Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

For more information about the Naval Academy, please visit: www.usna.edu or our Facebook page.    For more information about MAG, visit www.usna.edu/MAG


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