Travel with us through the swirling mists of time - back to July, 1986.
Ronald Reagan was President, "Walk Like An Egyptian" was a runaway hit
on the Billboard charts. Hair, clothing, and music where VERY different.
The internet, ipods, and flat screen televisions, like today's Project teens,
were years away from their birth.
But some things were very much the same as today. In that warm July of
twenty-three years ago, another group of teens were living, learning, and
working to make the world a little more peaceful for those who would follow
after them. And thanks to Kyle Gallagher, a teen from that very summer, we
have a glimpse back into time, back to the Massillon Ulster Project of 1986.
Some things will seem different, yet still strangely familiar...
RON HERMAN (Class of 1982) is looking for alumni from the 1982 Massillon/Canton Project.
He found our website while surfing the net, and would like to hear from anyone who hosted
or was a guest teen during our very first Project year.
Ron's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also created a place where alumni from 1982 can leave their messages and contact
info on our FORUM page. If you were part of the 1982 Project, please drop Ron a line. He
would love to hear from you!
Ronan Gormsley (right) Class of 2003, traveled to India this spring on a
humanitarian mission. Ronan was part of a group of Northern Ireland youth who
help the poor in third-world countries. While in India, Ronan and his friends built a
new school for a rural village. Here's how Ronan descibed the experience:
..."It was amazing. I went to build a school for poor children in india and it
was the best experience of my life. Nearly as good as the Ulster Project."
Way to go, Ronan! Ronan, Ronan, Ronan...keep them doggies roamin....
Project Alumni Deborah Hill (nee Lemon, right) found our site while surfing the net. Back in 1989, she stayed with host teen Cristina Ransom (nee Brown, left). Since then, they have remained the best of friends and have stayed in touch. In 1993, Deborah returned to Canal Fulton to visit her former host teen, and last summer, Chrissy returned the favor, traveling to Northern Ireland to rekindle their friendship. Deborah wholeheartedly recommends the Project to any prospective host or guest teen. After all these years, what better endorsement could we ask for?
Former guest teen Paul McCarthy (2000 - left) visited his host, Pat Connor (right) in May of this year. Paul spent the winter semester studying at the University of North Carolina. While here in the States, Paul enjoyed a trip to Cancun, Mexico and New York City. Paul returns to Northern Ireland on the 31st of May. He's majoring in History and English.
Former Project teen and adult counselor Rebecca "Becca" Jackson (right) was married to Graham Ward in December of 2004. Soon afterward, she moved to the town of Studley, England to take up residence with her studley English husband. The happy couple are reportedly seeking a possible new home in Hollywood, England. Don't forget your sunglasses, Becca!