“The American Way to Change” Book Event

We were fortunate enough to co-host an event last night with the Center for American Progress, Citizen SchoolsJumpstartNYC Coalition Against Hunger, and Repair the World that featured “the godmother of national service,” Shirley Sagawa, and her book, The American Way To Change: How National Service and Volunteers Are Transforming America. Highlighted as a “woman to watch in the 21st century” by Newsweek, Shirley spoke passionately about how her work and research on national service policy has only further fueled her belief that it’s not only necessary but that it gets results.

“I wanted to write this book so policy makers can actually have some concrete examples of what volunteerism and national service can do to change the world and create impact,” Shirley said to an audience comprised of volunteers, people from service organizations, and supporters of service.  “You all know firsthand the impact. I don’t have to tell you, but I wanted everyone else to really understand why we need this.”

To close her remarks, Shirley invited members of the six co-hosting organizations to share stories about their own service.

We’d like to thank Shirley Sagawa, Nitzan Pelman of Citizen Schools, Joel Berg of the NYC Coalition of Hunger, Myung Lee of Jumpstart, Jon Rosenberg of Repair the World, and everyone else in attendance!  We hope to continue the important conversations started last night.


Author Shirley Sagawa with CYNY Executive Director Itai Dinour and Team Leader Mat Thomas.



A group of attendees with their own copies of Sagawa's new book.


by Events & Alumni Project Leader Alice Pak