Over the course of a City Year, every AmeriCorps member will affect the lives of students in a different way. But one special team has a very different role in our goal to bring positive change to our communities.

Melvin, Jasmine-Joy, and Carina cultivate change that extends beyond the classroom. They are members of the Comcast NBCUniversal Civic Engagement team, a small group of dedicated individuals who work to transform the climate of our schools, one mural at a time.Take a look at the faces (and hearts) behind the brushes.

Carina Romero-Castro, Project Leader 
As a Project Leader, I have been able to give back to the children in our communities in a very unique way. With our work we are able to bring color and happiness into these schools for the children who go there. I love serving because I want our future generations to feel motivated to go to school, have a fun place to play and learn, and for students to know that there are people that do care for their future.

Melvin Noriega, Project Leader
I absolutely love being a Project Leader in CYLA’s Civic Engagement Team because the position itself offers the expansion of physical, professional, and creative skills. The biggest reason I love the work though, is that it allows me to beautify learning spaces across the city. In every school that we transform, we make a lasting impact capable of elevating students’ moods for years to come.

Jasmine-Joy Cason, Project Leader
Being on the Civic Engagement team means that the sky is not the limit! To me, walking into a space and seeing it transform reminds me and shows everyone a physical representation of the work that is happening in schools everyday. It's a privilege and honor to be able to create murals that will continue to inspire students and their communities to always reach for the stars for years to come.

Follow the Civic Engagement team (@cyla_lace) on Instagram!

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