Recent News: Service on AmeriCorps Opening Day

By Anja Filan, corps member serving on the Bank of America team at the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot K-8 School

November 8th, 2013, marked the celebration of AmeriCorps Opening Day. Corps members assembled at Reggie Lewis Athletic Complex to stand among fellow Massachusetts AmeriCorps members and recite the pledge of service. Led by keynote speaker Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a sea of AmeriCorps volunteers, along with our own 256 corps members, vowed to “get things done for America.” With that promise in mind, the celebration continued as the City Year Boston 25th Anniversary Corps marched off to a day of service.

Success in Schools: Paving the Pathways to Future Careers 

By Laura Stapler, corps member serving at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School 

"Doctor or nurse" Mia* writes on my clipboard during lunchtime, her mouth too full to answer verbally what she wants to be when she grows up. Mia is quite the 5th-grade scholar; she is very diligent, hard-working, and respectful. She takes a lot of pride in her academics, and I tell her that her dream is big, brave, and admirable.

A few days later Mia's science teacher announces to the class that Mia has the questioning mind of an explorer, like a scientist. Bristling with satisfaction over the praise, she tells me as we walk to her next class that she now wants to be a scientist.

*Name changed to protect student privacy  

Words from the Community

City Year is flexible--each school is different; there is no one size fits all solution for schools, and what I love about City Year is they come in and say "How can we help? What's your vision for the school and what can we do to support it?"

- Erika Giampietro, Deputy CFO, Boston Public Schools

CYB in the News

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Corps Member Spotlight

By Illon Osei, corps member serving on the Comcast NBCUniversal team at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School 

My first exposure to City Year occurred when I picked up my younger sister from her third grade class. I got the chance to speak with corps members that served in her school and was inspired by the academic assistance and counseling that they provided to the students. I have been in New York public schools all my life, and witnessed the need for additional role models and resources within my school. I am a big advocate of the belief that I and others have the ability to help change the lives of others and to improve the world we live in. As a City Year corps member, I want to help my students realize that they all have the potential to do something great. Each day I make it a priority to help students understand the material being taught to them, challenge them to plan for their futures, and support them on an emotional level. Most importantly, I am excited to observe how much the City Year experience will transform me into a better individual.