Paul Willis: Emerging Empathy and Hip Hop
For years, music has been a catalyst for connecting people around the world and sparking discussion on important issues. In the past two decades, we have witnessed the rise of conscious rappers who use their music as a form of social activism. Paul Willis, a City Year Boston and City Year Sacramento alumnus, has played a major role in that movement with his unique style of hip hop that fuses rap with social justice.
Reflections on the "I Serve" Statement
At the beginning of every service year, each City Year AmeriCorps member has the opportunity to craft a personal "I Serve" statement or commonly known as a personal mission statement. This statement is created after interpersonal reflection on one’s core values and priorities, and is a symbol of the commitment and purpose AmeriCorps members demonstrate every day in service. It is not a fixed statement, but rather, it evolves over time as each individual grows and develops on his or her journey.
Meet Our 2017 Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards Winners
For the past 28 years, City Year alumni have been making a difference in their communities both inside and outside of City Year. Since 2005, Comcast NBCUniversal has recognized 66 City Year alumni with our highest alumni recognition—the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award. This year's recipients were honored last night at an awards dinner during City Year's Summer Academy, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversalDirector of Strategy & Development at Big Citizen HUB, for her authentic leadership and humble dedication to creating opportunities for youth.
Debunking Gap Year Myths
We know “gap year” is a loaded term that calls to mind many different definitions and questions. Taking a gap year–whether it’s between high school and college, during your undergraduate years, or after college–is a growing trend. But, have no fear! We’re here to break down the myths–helping you sort fact from fiction so that you can decide if a gap year is the right choice for you, too.
Overcoming Fear: Mentoring's Challenges and Rewards [Voices from the Field]
When Robert, a City Year Los Angeles AmeriCorps member, started working with Manuel* one-on-one last fall, he couldn’t seem to connect with the 10th-grader. Manuel’d slump over his desk during tutoring, resting his head in his hands. Robert shares how he overcame these mentoring challenges to build a positive mentoring relationship with his student.