City Year’s Newest Members Pledge to Serve 397,000 Hours to Help Students Succeed

At today’s spirited Opening Day ceremony led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Chancellor Merryl Tisch at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse, 230 young leaders pledged to serve the children and communities of New York.

As citizen service gains momentum nationally – especially highlighted by the recent passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act – each of these young leaders is making a difference by serving 1,700 hours as tutors, mentors and role models, and leading transformative physical service.

The City Year New York corps members and service hours are dedicated to helping students at-risk of dropping out stay in school and on track. The diverse young leaders serve full-time and are uniquely qualified to improve student attendance, behavior and coursework – which helps students and schools succeed. The event also celebrated six of our long-term Principals and after-school partners for their commitment and support of our mission.

Yesterday, New York’s own, Congressman Charles Rangel went to the House floor and entered into the Congressional Record words of appreciation. The record now includes, “I admire City Year for its continued service and dedication to our New York communities… Education is the most critical factor that determines the future well-being of our children. President Obama, City Year, and our partners recognize that we cannot afford to fail in this area because our economy and, more importantly, a united democracy depend on it… Let’s continue to applaud and support City Year as they continue build better communities.” Click here to read the entire statement.

The 230 corps members pledging to serve New York will:
– Tutor and mentor 9,400 children in partnership with public schools;
– Lead after-school programs that reinforce learning and good behavior
– Help students and schools succeed on diverse teams sponsored by Credit Suisse, Alcoa, Bain & Company, Cisco Foundation, Citi Foundation, CSX, Founding Citizens Team, and New York Life
– Coordinate safe, enriching daytime school vacation programs for 270 students; and
– Engage citizens in dynamic physical service events such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a day on for service and not a day off.

Today’s Opening Day Ceremonies are made possible by the public/private partnership leveraging the generosity of New Yorkers in combination with both local and federal government funding. At this mornings event City Year announced Deloitte as its newest National Leadership Sponsor, joining – ARAMARK, Bank of America, Cisco Foundation, Comcast, CSX, Pepsi, Timberland and T-Mobile USA.

To help generate excitement for their year of service, on Thursday, our corps continued the tradition of attending the national morning shows in New York City. Thank you to the Today Show’s Al Roker and Good Morning America’s Sam Champion for interviewing our corps members. In addition thank you to the Daily News for donating advertising space so we could publicly thank our corps members and sponsors.