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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Youth Service America and Festival of Children Foundation announce that Liz Palmer, 16, of Pepperell, will serve as a National Child Awareness Month youth ambassador.

As one of 51 youth ambassadors selected from a nationwide pool, Liz will receive funding and training to lead an initiative to improve the condition of the environment and economy by replacing energy inefficient light bulbs with LED light bulbs in her community, free of charge.

Palmer’s work begins this month — National Child Awareness Month — when she travels to Washington, D.C., for leadership training and meetings with members of the state’s congressional delegation. She then returns home to continue to develop her project, the Bright Lights Project. The mission of her service work is to replace energy inefficient incandescent and CFL light bulbs with energy and cost-efficient LED light bulbs. By doing this, she is saving her community money and reducing its carbon footprint.

Palmer was selected through a competitive application process, and chosen based on the quality of her project proposal and its potential to create substantive, large-scale change that benefits young people in Pepperell.

Now in its seventh year, National Child Awareness Month is a program led by Festival of Children Foundation to raise awareness about issues affecting children and encourage the nation’s youth to take action. Senate Resolution 173 officially designates September 2014 as National Child Awareness Month.

The 51 youth ambassadors will work in their communities and form a collective network to raise awareness around issues important to young people. Youth ambassadors receive a national-level platform for their cause, a $1,000 grant to develop a service project his or her home state, ongoing training and project guidance, and networking opportunities with other youth ambassadors across the country.

“These teens and young adults are the future of philanthropy. They understand the importance of making a difference and giving back. Festival of Children Foundation’s collaboration with YSA allows us to give these kids the tools to create a powerful youth network that will create lasting change across the country,” said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director of Festival of Children Foundation.

Palmer is a junior at North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend and an active part of her school.

Since the end of her freshman year, Palmer has been involved in the service-learning program. Now she is a coordinator of the Giving Tree Program, dedicated to providing gifts for children in need during the holiday season, and a coordinator for the New Orleans Service Learning Group, a group of 40 students that spend the year committing random acts of service that amount to 2,000 hours of service work in the local area as well as traveling to New Orleans to perform more service work.

In addition, she is a part of the National Art Honors Society, and has started the Bright Lights Project that focuses on replacing light bulbs in her community for free.

In her spare time, Palmer loves to hit the slopes of Attitash Ski Area and spend time with her friends.

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