More than twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton and bipartisan group of leaders in the United States Congress created AmeriCorps, an innovative national service program designed to harness the energy and ingenuity of American citizens to address the nation's most pressing challenges. Since its founding, nearly 1 million men and women have stepped forward to serve, providing more than 1.2 billion hours of results-driven service to the nation.
AmeriCorps - managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service - provides critical services to communities in need, and develops the skills and experience of those who serve. The program helps to build a robust pipeline of 21st century leaders with a deep commitment to public service.
City Year believes that national service has a powerful role to play in improving educational outcomes for students, and for the past two decades, the Corporation for National and Community Service has been our partner. The support the federal agency provides has allowed City Year to expand from Boston to 27 cities nationwide. More than 20,000 AmeriCorps members have served with City Year, delivering a combined 29 million hours of service. City Year AmeriCorps members provide intensive support to students who are struggling, and help students develop the right academic behaviors and mindsets so that they can succeed in school and in life.
Education is the single largest priority area for AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps grantees are providing education services in one in 10 public schools, serving students from one out of four persistently low achieving schools.
Federal investments in City Year are highly leveraged to ensure a maximum return on the taxpayer dollar. For every federal dollar invested in City Year through AmeriCorps, an additional four dollars are raised in matching support through private and local resources.
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.