By Times Staff
PROVIDENCE – The Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America hosted its annual Scouting Urban Outreach Service Award Luncheon on November 17 at the Providence Marriott. As part of the ScoutReach program, the award recognizes organizations and individuals that live by the values and ethics of the Boy Scout Oath and Law in their daily practices.
This years award was presented to Central Falls Mayor James Diossa for his commitment to youth advocacy and civic service, A Central Falls native, Diossa is currently in his second term as Mayor where he has worked diligently to lead the cit in its recovery from bankruptcy.
"It is great honor to receive this award from an organization that is doing great things in Central Falls, said Mayor James Diossa. "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."
"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."
ScoutReach is a youth program that reaches into our 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. The program provides mentoring, financials aid for summer camp registration, uniforms, hand-books and an in-depth program of scouting activities and community service.
Tickets to the event served as donations to directly support the Scouting program throughout local urban neighborhoods.
To learn more about Scoutreach and how you can get involved, visit: http://www.narragansettbsa.org/
Original story ran in the 11/19 edition of The Times.