Midshipmen Travel to Washington State for Volunteer Trip
POSTED ON: Friday, March 10, 2017 11:24 AM by email@example.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Members of the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group (MAG) are spending their spring break in Everett, Wash., volunteering at the Everett Boys and Girls Club.
Four midshipmen and one Naval Academy staff member will volunteer March 10-19, by running after-school programs and assisting staff with the club’s revitalization. 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.
Over 1,200 local youth attend after-school programs at the Everett Boys and Girls Club, which is located in a diverse community where over fourteen languages are represented. The president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, a Naval Academy graduate and current Rear Admiral Reservist, Troy McClelland, will meet with the midshipmen to talk about community service as a lifelong effort.
“I am looking forward to working with a diverse group of local kids and hopefully implementing new programs that the club can use to motivate and positively develop the youth,” said Midshipman 2nd Class Elizabeth Kim, of New York City. “All of the midshipmen going on this spring break trip volunteer a lot in the local community here in Annapolis, and we hope to use our diverse volunteering experience to revitalize the Club and community in Everett, Washington.”
The Midshipman Action Group will also conduct volunteer spring break trips in Wisconsin and North Carolina. Midshipmen who are active in MAG were chosen to participate in these trips in order to revitalize communities.
“This year, the Midshipman Action Group has researched outreach projects across three cities and will be creating a positive impact as mentors to youth, home rebuilders for veterans and for communities devastated by catastrophic storms,” said Naval Academy Community Relations Director, Miriam Stanicic. “Thanks to the continuous support of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, all of these trips are made possible by those who have graduated from this outstanding institution and who continue to give back to USNA’s future leaders of character, courage and commitment.”
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 members participate in numerous local volunteer and community service programs throughout the academic year. 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 today 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. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college. Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, cyber security, and military law. Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a 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.