MLK Day 2012: It Takes A Village Spotlight

“The greatest gift Martin could receive is if people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds celebrated the holiday by performing individual acts of kindness through service to others.” – Coretta Scott King

We are celebrating our 9th annual MLK Day of Service this year on Monday, January 16th in East Harlem– a community in which we serve 6 public elementary and middle schools. At City Year, we often refer to the African proverb , “It takes a village to raise a child” when reflecting upon the mentoring and tutoring services our 254 corps members provide to students across New York City. To honor the value of that proverb and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, our theme for this year’s MLK Day service event is “It Takes A Village”.

With the goal of engaging over 750 volunteers and youth from the community, we will complete 35 community and school beautification projects as well as host a youth anti-violence conference. Our “village” of corps members and staff are dedicated to make this event a huge success and we’d like to introduce you to some of them! Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be posting corps member and staff spotlights here and on our City Year New York Facebook page. Take a look at our first spotlight featuring Stephanie Elie, a Team Leader serving in East Harlem below! Make sure to check back daily for new spotlights!