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Five Lawrence Residents Selected for NECC’s Student Outreach Squad

Submitted by on November 25, 2013 – 3:33 pm

Shown left to right are Emanuel Hernandez, Jasmin Savinon, Yicauris Matos, Dayanna Martes, and Deborah Merced. Joshua Alba (far right) will be joining SOS in the sprin

Five Northern Essex Community College students, all from Lawrence, have been selected to represent Northern Essex Community College in the community as members of the NECC Student Outreach Squad (SOS).

This year’s SOS squad will include Emmanuel Hernandez, Liberal Arts, Psychology Option; Dayanna Martes, Business Transfer; Yicauris Matos, Business Transfer; Deborah Merced, Business; and Jasmin Savinon, Business and Computer Applications.

Created in 2007, members of the SOS volunteer throughout Greater Lawrence, partnering with community organizations when help is needed.  They work under the direction of Silvia Banos, NECC’s director of community relations.

“These students are learning they can contribute to the goals of local organizations and enhance the quality of life in their own community,” said Banos.  “They all have an interest in serving others, which makes me very proud.”

In the past the SOS has volunteered with the City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force, the Lawrence Senior Center, Jericho Road Lawrence, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence Community Works, the Lawrence YWCA, and Lawrence High School, working on local beautification projects, serving meals, registering participants for health clinics, and conducting research products.

To learn more about the NECC Student Outreach Squad, please contact Banos at 978 738-7437 or