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LSC’s program includes a class project, by which participants work in small teams to assist local organizations in the development of new, or in the implementation of existing, community-based projects.

A service learning opportunity, the project allows participants to invest their individual skills, resources, and passions into efforts that aim to improve the community’s well-being. In the process, participants demonstrate their leadership capacity and cultivate meaningful experiences that contribute to their growth as leaders.


The 2018 class will be working to advance the following community projects:


Azorean Maritime Heritage Society: Building Organizational Capacity and New Headquarters
Nancy Cabral, Bristol County Savings Bank; Kaisa Holloway-Cripps, New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc.; Kate Miller, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives, Office of Robert Koczera; Kristen Sniezek, SRTA.

Homeless Service Providers Network, Rise Up For Homes:
Rise Up For Homes Strategic Planning Process
Kate Larisa, Carney Family Foundation; Luke Lehman, BankFive; Julie Mador, New Bedford Public Schools; Dina Melo, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union; Mari Murphy, Southcoast Health.

Mayor’s Youth Council, Fall River:
Youth-Adult Collaboration – Together Making a Difference
Jennifer Cabral, Town of Dartmouth; Yldania Carrasco, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing, Corp.; Cat DeTerra, People Incorporated; Victoria Lobban, Saint Anne’s Hospital; Scott Medeiros, YMCA SouthCoast, Swansea.

New Bedford Economic Development Council:
City of New Bedford Regeneration Project
Tonya Johnson, Southcoast Health; Ed Kedzierski, SouthCoast Media Group; Charlie Murphy, MOLIFE, Inc.; Paula Popeo, Bristol Community College; Jessica Silva, City of New Bedford

New Bedford Public Schools:
Educators’ Resource Guide Phase Two
Stanley Brajer, United Way of Greater New Bedford; Xenia Ledoux, BayCoast Bank; Nicole Morris-McLaughlin, Marion Institute; Chioma Okafor, UMass Dartmouth; Nate Sander, Round the Bend Farm

Partners for a Healthier Community:
Household Store Home Project
Taryn Cabral, St. Anne’s Credit Union; David Croteau, BankFive; Jennifer Do-Teixeira, Lafrance Hospitality; Jim Letton, Claremont Companies

YEAH! Corps:
Creative Jobs for Creative Youth
Andrew Armstrong, Sylvia Group; Kelsey Garcia, Carl’s Collision Center; Darcy Lee, Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts; Milena Mello, BayCoast Bank


City of New Bedford – NB Clean
Josh Amaral, PACE, Inc.; Jessica DeMello, Southern Mass Credit Union; Heather Heffernan, Sylvia Group; Mike McCarthy, UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center; Christina Rebello, Community Boatig Center; Deven Tillman, SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce.

EforAll South Coast – Fall River Outreach Strategy
Bob Espindola, Acushnet Company; Rayana Grace, YMCA – New Bedford; Brian McNeany, Pinnacle Performance Company; Kyle Remy, Blount Fine Foods; Kelly Sheehan, Saint Anne’s Hospital.

Leadership SouthCoast – Alumni Network Membership Package Development
Sarah Athanas, Groundwork!; Wendy Baker, Southcoast Health; Lucy Machado, Southern Mass Credit Union; Beatriz Oliveira, Meeting Street; Crystal Stone, Katie Brown Educational Program.

New Bedford Public Schools – Educator’s Guide for Supporting Students’ Mental Health and Wellness
Kathleen Amaral, Family TIES of Massachusetts and the Nemasket Group; Veronica Andrade, BankFive; Darcy Lackie, Southcoast Health; Millie Sanchez, Marion Institute; Kim Thomas, Justice Resource Institute.

New Bedford Homeless Service Providers Network – Rise Up For Homes
Patricia Andrade, BayCoast Bank; Nancy Bednarz, People, Incorporated; Mary Ann Buckley; Jim McKeag, MassDevelopment; Andy Tomolonis, SouthCoast Media Group;  Jariel Vergne, New Bedford Public Schools.

Veterans Support Project
Paula Forsee, BankFive; Mike Mahoney YMCA – Dartmouth; Maria Patacao, BayCoast Bank; Elizabeth Pimentel, Bristol County Savings Bank; Kristy Roussel, Lafrance Hospitality

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