City Year and AmeriCorps have had a deep partnership for more than 20 years. In 1992, during his run for the Presidency, Governor Bill Clinton became inspired by a visit with City Year in Boston and took the advice of City Year's board member Mitt Romney to "take this idea national." President Clinton then enlisted the help of City Year's co-founders Michael Brown and Alan Khazei along with many others to establish AmeriCorps through the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. See President Clinton introduce Mitt Romney at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012 and tell the story of his inspiration for AmeriCorps
We believe that national service has a powerful role to play in improving educational outcomes for students. Since City Year's founding in 1988, our more than 18,000 corps members have served more than 26 million hours. City Year, along with thousands of other non-profit organizations, is a proud member of the AmeriCorps network, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service. AmeriCorps offers Americans of all ages the opportunity to devote a year to community-based service in areas of education, health and human needs, public safety, disaster preparedness, and the environment. Since 1994, AmeriCorps has provided opportunities for more than 600,000 Americans to serve their country.
For more information visit www.americorps.gov.
Wendy Spencer leads the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the agency that administers AmeriCorps and other programs. Click here to read how she empowers citizens to address big challenges through service.
Click here to read an interview with AnnMaura Connolly, City Year's Chief Strategy Officer and the President of Voices for National Service, a coalition of hundreds of service organizations.