Last Friday was electric as City Year AmeriCorps Members gathered at Baruch College for Opening Day. They pledged a year of National Service in New York City’s public schools, working with students that are struggling the most. Clad in red Aramark jackets, the words City Year strewn in black across their shoulders, we saw individual corps members speak about their strength, their inspirations, and their passion. These young heroes were reminded why they chose to serve by Executive Director and Vice President of City Year New York, Erica Hamilton, as well as thanked by City Year champions, alumni, family, and friends alike.

Among them was Gus Rosendale, weekday reporter and weekend co-anchor for NBC 4 News, representing Comcast NBC Universal, our National Opening Day Sponsor. “New York would not work if we did not have good neighbors, if we didn’t have good people, and you are that, and that’s an amazing success story. And we thank you so much for letting us be a part of that,” said Mr. Rosendale. As a National Leadership Sponsor Comcast NBC Universal helps put 2,800 red jacketed idealists into classrooms across the country every day. We thank NBC and all of the City Year champions present last night for their amazing support. We could not do the work that we do without each and every one of you committing to #makebetterhappen.

Another invaluable champion present was Susan Stern, Chair of the New York State Commission on National & Community Service. “Today you are joining an honored tradition of national service, becoming a part of the AmeriCorps family is who you will be for the rest of your lives. Today, in taking the AmeriCorps pledge, you join 900,000 others who have taken the AmeriCorps pledge since AmeriCorps founding in 1994,” Stern remarked to 300 New York AmeriCorps Members. We thank Susan Stern for her commitment to national service and her leadership beyond.

In all, Opening Day was a chance for the corps to build community and demonstrate our commitment to serve with spirit, discipline, purpose, and pride. Thanks to all for making it a great event!

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