On Sunday, May 1, 50 high school seniors celebrated everything they have accomplished over the past five years in a special C5 Leaders graduation ceremony held at Faneuil Hall. We were thrilled to welcome Massachusetts First Lady Lauren Baker who delivered the commencement address and who congratulated this class for their many accomplishments and inspiring them to go out and continue changing the world.
As a class, this group has performed over 4,300 hours of community service this year alone, and Mrs. Baker awarded 17 graduates with the President’s Volunteer Service Award which recognizes United States citizens who have performed over 100 hours of service in a 12-month period.
“The graduates of the Crossroads C5 Leaders program have been persistent and inspiring in taking on the challenges facing them,” said Mrs. Baker. “In spite of some significant obstacles, these young people have put tremendous effort into focusing on their education while being committed to giving back to their communities and representing the best of the Commonwealth.”
Each teen has spent a portion of their senior year focused on their Medallion projects, a personal community service project designed and implemented by them to impact the community. In addition, over April Vacation 35 of these teens embarked on a weeklong Community Service Road Trip to Baltimore that they planned alongside Crossroads staff. It was the largest group ever to attend the yearly trip.
Isaiah Valmont was chosen by his peers to address his class. He reflected on his Crossroads experience, “Crossroads is more than just going to camp in the summer as a little getaway from the unfortunate realities of the communities we come from. Rather, C5 is a lifestyle characterized by a character-driven, community-focused, challenge-ready, and college-bound doctrine that works to commit its participants to a better future, not only for ourselves, but for the world.”
“This class has a particular commitment to service that is both inspiring and so fundamental to what we do. They have set the bar high for future classes and have been excellent role models for future graduates,” said Deb Samuels.