25 Years of Service: What Does the Red Jacket Mean To You?

For our daily briefing spotlight last week, our Positive School Climate Project Leader, Lucy McLoughlin, shared what the red jacket means to her and the significance of it. Below are her thoughts. 

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This year marks City Year’s 25th anniversary, an accomplishment that should not be taken lightly. Since the birth of this organization in 1988, over 17,000 individuals have dedicated their time to further the national service movement, working with over 1,335,000 of our nation’s students. Built on the idea that young people can make a difference, the red jackets that we have the honor of wearing today hold more significance than ever before.

As we spend our first weeks in  schools, it is important to take a moment to reflect on what the City Year bomber symbolizes. It is more than just a fashion piece; it is representative of our culture, our energy, our passion. This article of clothing has the ability to instill hope in our beloved communities, and most of all, the ability to inspire our students.

To the giants who wore the red jacket before us:  we promise to zip up our bombers with purpose and pride. We will stand united as one City Year.


To celebrate over two decades of national service and the over 17,000 people who have proudly served with City Year, we want to know how you feel or have felt in the bomber.

Tweet us or submit a comment below, completing the rest of this sentence:

“When I put on my bomber, I feel…..”