Five Things Friday

1. Ripples of Hope: Last month, we celebrated our ninth Annual Ripples of Hope Dinner, honoring Maurice R. “Hank” Greenberg and The Starr Foundation. Those in attendance experienced an energetic and inspiring event with more than 450 of New York’s corporate, civic, and philanthropic leaders, our 255 corps members, and for the first time, several of the students that we work with every day. We invite you to check out a video recap of the unique evening.


2. Women in Leadership

“Go look at the school where City Year is and you will see that the principals, the parent coordinators, and the teachers rate the experience with City Year off the charts. You will also see that those schools have better test scores, better graduation rates, better literacy scores, better basic math scores, so it is working. We need to make sure City Year has all the resources it needs to be in every school that it is needed in every way.” -Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council Speaker


Wednesday morning, the City Year New York Women’s Committee hosted their second Annual Women’s Breakfast. More than 130 influential New York women leaders joined for a conversation about the education crisis and the role women can play in addressing the needs of under-resourced schools. New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn delivered keynote remarks that set context for a panel discussion moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

Panelists included Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, Mithra Irani Ramaley, Vice President of Regional & Site Operations at City Year, Inc, Sally Bachofer, Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, and Jahqueena Haynes, Senior Corps Member at City Year New York.

Read the full event recap blog or click the image above to see remarks from Speaker Quinn.

3. Viva El Bronx: Last Saturday, on Cinco de Mayo, we held a Community Service Day called Viva El Bronx commemorating arts, culture, and education. Corps members lead fun activities with students, had a  face painting booth, and made cultural jewelry with youth in the community. Community-based organizations such as HPAC and Harvest Home Farmer’s Market showcased their services to the South Bronx residents. The families and residents of the South Bronx community were delighted with everything Viva El Bronx had to offer them! One little boy cried all the way down the block away from P.S. 75 because he had no desire to leave Viva El Bronx. The superb day closed out with book giveaway and a talent showcase of South Bronx youths’ various talents including dancing and singing!

4. Graduation 2012: City Year New York Graduation celebrates the accomplishments of the corps members who have given a year of their lives to make a difference in New York’s schools and neighborhoods. Please join us at this celebration!

City Year New York Graduation

Thursday, June 7, 2012
3:00 pm

The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College 
(68th Street and Lexington Avenue)
A reception nearby for family and friends will follow the ceremony

To RSVP please email Sarah Shutt or call 646.330.4147

5. National Leadership Summit:

Next week, national and local leaders from the education, business, government, and philanthropic communities will head to Washington D.C. to discuss the unique and targeted role national service can play in helping to turn around low-performing schools, at the City Year National Leadership Summit.

Not everyone is able to attend so we ask that you stay connected via twitter by following #CYSummit and to visit the City Year You Tube Channel at 11:15 am on Tuesday to watch (and share!) a special announcement regarding City Year’s Long Team Impact Strategy.