Pawtucket Times: Scouts Honor

By Jonathan Bissonnette

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CENTRAL FALLS – Mayor James A. Diossa will be honored by The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America as the recipient of the 2015 Scouting Urban Outreach Award during a luncheon in Providence Tuesday.

The award, which will be presented during the reception starting at 11:30 am at the Providence Marriott, is being bestowed on Diossa for his commitment to youth advocacy and civic service, officials said.

"Mayor Diossa has played an instrumental role in promoting urban youth programs and has had an enormous;y positive influence throughout the community," said John Mosby, scout executive and chief executive officer of the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America. "We are delighted to recognize his excellent work and hope it inspires more individuals to get involved with community youth programs."

As part of the ScoutReach programs, the award recognizes the organizations and individuals that live by the values and ethics of the Boy Scout Oath and Law in their daily practices. the ScoutReach program is a youth initiative that reaches into urban neighborhoods and serves over 1,300 low-income and at-risk children in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts who may not have the opportunity or means to participate in scouting, officials said.

The program provides mentoring, financials aid for summer camp registration, uniforms, hand-books and an in-depth program of scouting activities and community service.

Diossa said: "It is great honor to receive this award from an organization that is doing great things in Central Falls. Our community has benefited from  the activism and volunteerism of the Boy Scouts and their presence in our neighborhoods. I can't say enough about the programs like ScoutReach, which is providing opportunities to youth in Central Falls and other communities."

Tickets for the reception will serve as donations and will directly support the scouting program throughout local urban neighborhoods. For additional information or to purchase tickets, e-mail: josorio@bsamail.org.

Original story printed in 11/16/2015 edition of The Times and can be access online here.


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