Imagine students helping schools and nonprofits

As the City Year New York staff and Senior Corps packed buses to head to Boston for Summer Academy, the New York Civic Engagement (NYCE) Team (a team of senior corps members who specialize in planning and executing high impact community service events for corporate, community and student groups) stayed behind to lead a group of students in transformational service.

125 students helped build bookshelves, planter boxes and murals that will go to 15 community and educational organizations all around the city.  Please read the post below to learn more about these students, who are using technology and community service to change the world.

This featured blog post originally appeared on the Microsolft Unlimited Potential Blog and was written by Andrea L. Taylor, Director of North America Community Affairs at Microsoft

A unique Community Service Day was held in New York’s Central Park today when nearly 125 Microsoft Imagine Cup finalists from around the world gathered to build and paint bookshelves, signage and planters to benefit local schools and nonprofits.

The event was organized by City Year New York – a national movement that unites a diverse group of young people for a year of full-time service, that provides opportunities to develop skills to change the world.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world’s premier Student Technology Competition, encourages the most talented young software designers and programmers to find solutions for many of the world’s toughest problems such as hunger relief, poverty, education, disease control, healthcare, the environment and other challenges outlined by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.

This year over 350,000 students from around the world entered this year’s competition with 400 finalists from 70 countries competing in the world finals which take place in New York city.

The Microsoft Team hard at work!

Lunch time for all the volunteers in Central ParkPainting Mural

The spirit of service and the collective energy of the Imagine Cup finalists and the City Year volunteer leaders was magical and a global community of concerned youth formed instantly.  Everyone was fully engaged, displaying boundless energy, a commitment to excellence and a sense of fun. What a privilege to meet, talk and work with these emerging leaders and to see them flourish and begin to take their place as citizens of the world.

Spending time with the competitors and seeing their commitment and interest in giving back you can indeed imagine a better future!

And finally, some of the great artwork completed by the volunteers: