Every March, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity for AmeriCorps programs to come together to celebrate the power of national service. Since 1994, over one million individuals have served 1.4 billion hours and earned a total of 3.6 billion in Segal Education Awards. AmeriCorps programs have leveraged $1 billion in private, philanthropic and other resources as well as mobilizing millions of additional community volunteers in the last year alone.
At City Year, March is not just when AmeriCorps Week happens—we extend the celebration of our AmeriCorps members to the entire month to recognize the 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members serving this year as mentors and tutors in high-need schools in 28 cities.
This year, City Year locations across the country got creative with several different ways to appreciate their AmeriCorps members for all they do every day to support students. City Year staff and partners provided homemade baked goods, acknowledged AmeriCorps members with school wide announcements and notes from students, and gifted them movie tickets and tickets to sporting events. City Year national staff organized care packages for each school team and personally signed gratitude posters that had encouraging messages to keep them fired up as they finish their year of service.
“I truly believe in the critical work that City Year does in schools and am proud to be an AmeriCorps member,” said Jules Cashman, City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps Member who shared her AmeriCorps journey through the CNCS Instagram account as part of AmeriCorps Week. “I’m grateful to every single person who has pledged a year of national service to help meet the needs of communities across the country.”
“National service is playing a vital role increasing opportunities for young people – strengthening our schools and building a stronger public education system in the U.S.,” said Director of AmeriCorps Chester Spellman at a City Year event in Washington D.C. during AmeriCorps Week. “At [CNCS] we recognize and value the service of City Year AmeriCorps members.”
A year of national service can present challenging moments, but many more that are rewarding as AmeriCorps members make a critical impact on the students, schools and communities they serve. Though City Year strives to honor our AmeriCorps members’ service every day, we recognize that sometimes a small gesture can go a long way in thanking AmeriCorps members for their investment in supporting healthy communities.