"A New Era of Service" a letter from the CYNY executive director

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.