Over this past spring break (March 9-18), six members of the Naval Academy Midshipman Action Group (MAG) spent their time volunteering and engaging with youth at the Lummi Nation Boys & Girls Club in Bellingham, WA.
The Midshipmen facilitated a number of activities focused on key program areas for Boys & Girls Clubs, such as youth mentoring, healthy habits, fitness activities, and STEM programming. They also worked alongside youth to design and build raised-bed garden boxes, which will be used to grow vegetables for the community. These activities were meant to serve Club members in a variety of capacities by providing character-building and leadership opportunities, as well as educational enrichment and practical skills.
Prior to the visit, Washington team lead and Midshipman 1st Class Enock Langat had this to say;
“The Naval Academy is a very hectic place, and at times we forget to stop and reflect on how fortunate we are to be here. During this trip, I plan on encouraging my team to reflect on our time at the academy as we share our experiences. We will also take time to reflect on why we serve and encourage the kids to serve their communities in whatever way they can.”
MAG is a community relations program for and by the brigade of Midshipmen. MAG 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. They also include regional and national partners, such as those in Washington State.1
MAG has historically volunteered with the Native youth in Washington State, having run a similar project at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County during spring break of 2017. Thanks to their commitment to serving others, the youth of the Lummi Nation Boys & Girls Club were able to reap the benefits of their kindness and increase their capacity as contributors to the community.
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