Pictured: Josephine Burlingame, Mina Dehestani and Mikayla Corda at the Massachusetts State House. (Submitted Photo)

Pictured: Josephine Burlingame, Mina Dehestani and Mikayla Corda at the Massachusetts State House. (Submitted Photo)

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announced the arrival of the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School SkillsUSA Community Service Team to the State House as part of the team’s effort to promote their “GOALS” project.

GOALS, or “Getting Out And Living Smart,” is a student-led initiative which advocates for good decision making strategies to help students throughout their educational careers and beyond. The project includes creative and informational flyers on a range of healthy living tips. SkillsUSA Advisor Francis Petty, who is also a vocational instructor at BV Tech, accompanied the team to the State House.

“Kudos to the BV Tech SkillsUSA Community Service Team for their continued efforts to better the lives of all students,” said Senator Moore. “The information shared by the team helps to ensure both the mental and physical health of youth.”

“As a team, our aspirations are to encourage students and members of our community to become confident within themselves, stay open-minded, and be determined workers,” said teammate Mikayla Corda of Grafton. “Most importantly, our team’s overall intention is to provide others with the knowledge and skills necessary to visualize their goals and understand that they have an infinite amount of potential.”

The team’s visit to the State House marks one of many stops for the team, which has traveled from various fairs, business expositions and other events throughout the school year to spread the word about GOALS. The students provided informational materials to visitors, legislators and others at the State House in support of their initiative.

The team will head to the state competition being held from April 28th to 30th in Malborough. Teams that advance from the state competition will compete at the national competition in Louisville, KY from June 20th to 25th.

Founded in 1965, SkillsUSA has served more than 11.2 million individuals and is committed to its mission of “empowering its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”