After 5 years of service David Eisner stepped down as the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Mr. Eisner gave a great speech last Thursday at Georgetown University. Read the speech. Watch the speech.
His closing words:
“The need is dire.
Our resources are scarce.
Our service and volunteering infrastructure is ready.
Our youth are ready.
And Americans of all ages are waiting to be asked.”
Mr.Eisner has been a huge supporter of City Year, Americorps and National Service; his support has helped City Year grow to 1400 corps members nationwide.
Read more about investing in public service in this column by Steve Lopez in the LA Times.
Brittany Maslowsky hadn’t heard of City Year until one day when she saw the logo on a bottle of Honest tea that she was drinking. After a little research online, She was thrilled to learn that it was similar to the other programs she had been interested in (AmeriCorps, Peace Corps), but for a younger group of people with a focus of working with kids. As a psychology major, she had taken classes about learning and education and realized that the current public system in the United States wasn’t quite all that it could be. The summer after graduation from the University of Virginia, she was given the opportunity to dedicate a month of her life to building a septic tank for an orphanage in Bangladesh. It was in Bangladesh that she truly realized just how important education is. Simply by learning to read and write, Bangladeshi children have more opportunities to rise out of poverty, meaning that their children will, in turn, have even greater opportunities for education and their future. City Year strives to provide similar opportunities in the United States, which is largely why she decided to join.
Brittany’s team at PS 213 is the first City Year team to serve at PS 213, and they are excited to be able to set precedents and show just how beneficial our programs can be, not only to the students and teachers, but to the entire community as well. Her teammates are now an extension of her supportive and communicative family, and thry are quickly becoming part of the school’s family. They are working towards helping the schoolchildren realize that City Year is not only here to help them effectively learn, gain confidence, and grow aware of the issues within their communities, but also to provide them with positive role models and somewhere to go when in need.
For Brittany, City Year has been more than just a service experience; she says of her new team “I have learned a great deal from all of my teammates and fellow City Year members. Above everything, the value of honestly and politely communicating one’s feelings has been emphasized. Although we do not agree all of the time, I have learned that people are able to effectively agree to disagree. It is fascinating to see and experience the break down of barriers and build-up of relationships. Everything that we are able to glean from one another can be put to use within our everyday work to create one beautiful collage of ideas to utilize in the schools and their communities.”
City Year partnered with Clifford Chance and Camba at The School of Democracy and Leadership located at the Wingate High School Campus in Brooklyn where they constructed bookcases, painted doors, created murals and landscaped the school’s grounds. Clifford Chance volunteers also worked with 50 School for Democracy and Leadership seniors during Environmental Engagement workshops to identify ways to lessen the school’s carbon footprint in the community and inspire the student body to become future environmental guardians. Thanks for the awesome day of service!
City Year New York was proud to work with Cisco volunteers on November 6th and the Cisco Systems team at PS75 at the St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the South Bronx. Thanks for the awesome day!