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On Thursday, June 7th, more than 850 friends, families, and supporters of City Year Los Angeles gathered at the Wilshire Ebell Theater to celebrate the City Year AmeriCorps Member Class of 2018.

Our emcees for the evening were current AmeriCorps members Kurcel Joseph and Elleana Shepperd, who will be returning in the fall as Project Leaders on the Civic Engagement Team, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

The keynote address was delivered by Superintendent Austin Beutner, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

"You are an inspiration to me. Anybody that works that hard in the service of others, in service of students, in service of children, deserves to be recognized. That is why I am proud to be part of this night to recognize your work." - Austin Beutner, Superintendent of LAUSD

The Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award was presented by Jeff Cafuir Director, Community Investment, NBCUniversal and awarded to Brigette Flores, Senior AmeriCorps at Miguel Contreras Learning Complex in Pico-Union.

The Aramark Building Communities Award was presented by Brad Drummond, COO, Uniform and Refreshments Services, Aramark, and awarded to Kimberly Calzadilla, Project Leader on the Comcast NBCUniversal Civic Engagement team.

The Innovative Enrichment Award presented by Andrea Gibson, Manager, Los Angeles Community Engagement, Disney’s Corporate Citizenship at The Walt Disney Company, and awarded to Senior AmeriCorps member Kate Morris on the Los Angeles Rams team at Grape Street Middle School in Watts.

The Sony Storyteller of the Year Award was presented by Lani Monos, Executive Director, Global Corporate Social Responsibility Sony Pictures Entertainment, and awarded to Natalie Veal, AmeriCorps member on the Vera R. Campbell Foundation team at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.

The City Year Power Awards were presented by Mary Jane Stevenson, Executive Director, City Year Los Angeles. The winners were selected by their peers for their standout dedication to students. 

Nominated by his peers, Lelan Fernando, AmeriCorps member from the Vera R. Campbell Foundation team at Hollenbeck Middle School, gave a heartfelt reminder to his peers.

"You are strong idealists who will turn this year of service into a life of service." - Corps Speaker Lelan Fernando

Bert Rivera, current Employer & Job Development Specialist at California State University-Long Beach, City Year Alumni ‘10, and former member of our recruitment team, returned to see the last class of AmeriCorps members he recruited and lead the City Year Alumni Oath.

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