T-Mobile created this video and showed it at CYZYGY last month. It has some great interviews with City Year New York corps members.
“…A petite curly-haired girl with chocolate eyes and faint dimples stood beside the exit doors of the Fine Fare supermarket on East 163rd Street in Hunts Point on a late winter afternoon. Bigger, louder children overshadowed her, but her persistence paid off when a man took a can of peaches from his red cart, and placed it in Fiantisha Santos’s hands.
For most youngsters, Saturday mornings are a time to sleep late and watch cartoons, but Fiantisha volunteers with a program called Young Heroes, and the kids from Young Heroes spend their Saturdays in activities like collecting food for the homeless and hungry. An 11-year-old sixth-grader who has been with the program for a year, she said, “I like the program because it’s a lot of fun,” and “because I help the community, and because it makes my parents proud.”
“I don’t miss watching cartoons at all,” agreed 11-year-old Hunts Point resident Zaire Perry. “I don’t care about waking up early either, because I have a lot of fun helping the community.”
Young Heroes is a program of City Year, a nationwide volunteer organization affiliated with AmeriCorps. Daren Mills, the service leader for Young Heroes in the Bronx, describes it as a “community service and leadership development program for sixth through eighth graders that engages the community, and works to make the students become the future leaders.”…”
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At our graduation last week we showed this slide show of images from throughout the year. Sit back, relax and enjoy some images from the last 10 months! More about graduation coming later. Special thanks to CYNY corps members Mary Elyse Farah and David Weiss for the great pictures they contributed!