Written by Juliette Rocheleau, proud Team Leader serving on the Capital Area United Way team at Capitol Middle School.
Two weeks ago, I boarded tiny plane bound for Washington DC and the 2015 National City Year Leadership Summit. In a few jam packed days, I managed to:
- Meet Senator Bill Cassidy, Representative Garret Graves, and Representative Cedric Richmond to discuss national service as it relates to Louisiana's schools.
- Collaborate with and learn from corps members across all 26 City Year sites.
- Listen to Dikembe Mutombo's beautiful words about living and serving and working together as kindred spirits.
- Learn about the My Brother's Keeper initiative from the Task Force Chair and Special Assistant to the president Broderick Johnson.
- Reinvigorate my passion for this organization and what it stands for!
The list has about ten thousand more bullet points, but instead of talking your ears off, I'll show you myself! Take a look at some of the pictures I snapped during my week in DC.
City Year's 2015 National Leadership Summit began with the Congressional Awards Dinner, where City Year honored the Champions of Student Success and City Year Corps Member of the Year.
Congrats to Jarvis Nash of City Year DC for winning the Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award for City Year AmeriCorps member of the year! He claimed to be a man of few words, and his humility brought tears to my eyes.
Corporation for National and Community Service CEO and City Year Champion Wendy Spencer addressed the evening's attendees with an inspiring call for the American workforce to embrace those who choose to serve.
Standing with the dream team! CYBR's honoree of the Champion of Student Success award Gwen Hamilton gracefully received her congratulations.
During Hill Day, Senator Bill Cassidy took time out his busy day to meet with City Year Baton Rouge.
Catching Representative Cedric Richmond was a lucky moment for both City Year Baton Rouge and City Year New Orleans delegations, and resulted in powerful discussions about the educational landscape of Louisiana.
City Year Champion Representative Garret Graves sat down with us to talk about CYBR's involvement in the communities he serves.
City Year Chicago Corps Members addressed the Summit attendees at the Opening Plenary, sharing their own personal stories of success and reminding us that when we get one student to move forward, we all move forward. The 1CY community was loud and proud!
During the lunch plenary, Bob Scheifer facilitated an interesting discussion with other journalism giants about our nation's educational climate from a political perspective.
City Year New Orleans Executive Director Peggy Mendoza, CYBR Executive Director Laura Hamm, and CYBR Development Director Ryann Denham-Sanchez proudly representing Louisiana!
At the close of summit, Senior Vice President and Dean Charlie Rose led us in our final circle. There, corps members reflected on the eventful few days shared together in our nation's capital and though it was closing in on an almost 16 hour day, we were invigorated and inspired and ready to get back to our sites and serve.