“President Obama used his Inaugural Address to summon the nation to “a new era of responsibility” and personal engagement to solve the nation’s problems. He set an example by spending part of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday painting walls and furniture at a shelter for homeless teenagers.”
Read the rest of the article here.
An incredible day of service in not only Brooklyn and the South Bronx but also across the country as we all honored the memory of Dr. King. Lots of recaps, video and pics to come in the next couple of days. Enjoy a report on the day of service in the South Bronx from ABC 7 Eyewitness News Reporter, Marcus Solis.
* Update 1 – Bill Egbert, staff writer for the Daily News, mentioned our events in an article that was published on Monday.
Bronx 12 came out to the South Bronx event and covered the opening ceremony, video coming later.*
* Update 2 – Our friends at NYC Food + Fitness wrote a nice recap of the South Bronx event in their monthly newsletter.
Hannah, a City Year alum, blogged her volunteer experience at our East New York event in Brooklyn on the idealist.org nyc blog. Thanks to everyone for coming out and helping. Hope to see you at future events. If you would like to know more about upcoming volunteer opportunities with City Year send an email to dandrako at cityyear.org.
It has been a busy week for the City Year network. Enjoy the articles below!
City Year Chicago 2
City Year Seattle King County 2
City Year Philly
City Year Cleveland 2 3
City Year Columbia
City Year New Hampshire 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
City Year Little Rock 2 3
City Year Boston 2 3
City Year San Jose
City Year Louisiana
*Stephanie from City Year San Antonio sent along another story. Her comment below:
Here is the way to get to the video link from City Year San Antonio where the Young Heroes program was featured. http://www.kabb.com/news/
go to videos on demand and then “San Antonio youth march to make a difference”*
From City Year New York’s executive director, Itai Dinour
Dear City Year New York Community,
Today as President Obama challenged us to do our part to make our country stronger, healthier and better prepared for the days ahead, I wanted to take a moment to thank our community of supporters for your commitment to building a better New York.
The spirit of service surrounds us.
In his State of the City address, Mayor Bloomberg claimed “President-elect Obama has said that he will challenge the nation to embrace a new era of public service – and New York City will lead the way.” On Capitol Hill, Senators Kennedy (D-MA) and Hatch (R-UT),introduced the Serve America Act. Building on the success of AmeriCorps, this legislation would dramatically expand service and volunteer opportunities focused on solving pressing national problems,including the alarming number of children who are in danger of droppingout of high school. We are excited to work with federal, state, and local leaders to increase service opportunities; and we’re thrilled to have bi-partisan support on this issue.
From coverage of our MLK Day of Service to the Colbert Report, service is hitting the media and young people are fired up to get to work! In fact, applications to City Year New York are up more than 180%.
My sincere thanks and appreciation for your continued investments and support!
Yours in service,
PS. If you are interested in getting more involved and donating your time, talent, or resources, please let me know or check outwww.cityyear.org/newyork for upcoming service days, fundraisers, and events.