“In the end, every time a City Year volunteer helps persuade a student that he or she can learn, that he or she does not need to act up in school, you are forging a new identity.” – President Bill Clinton
Last week, City Year celebrated our 25th anniversary year in Boston. Our 25th Anniversary Gala, presented by Bain Capital, was a chance to celebrate 25 years of idealism and service in schools and communities across the country. With a performance by recording artist, Judith Hill, and the Boston Pops, the historical event was the perfect setting to present long-time City Year supporter and service advocate, former President Bill Clinton, our 25th Anniversary Legacy award.
President Clinton first came to City Year during his first presidential campaign in the early 90s and saw the impact that our corps members had. He recognized need for a national service organization that could empower young people to do great things in their communities – and created AmeriCorps from his inspirational visit. His support of City Year and national service has led to thousands of students staying in school and on track to graduate, including students in South Africa through our international affiliate, City Year South Africa, which Clinton was paramount in starting.
The 25th Anniversary Gala in Boston, the city where City Year started in 1988, reflected on the legacy of the over 25,000 City Year AmeriCorps members who have dedicated a year in service to their communities. These young leaders have changed countless lives, kept students on track to graduate, and improved the communities in which we serve.
Corps members and City Year staff from every site, from three different continents, came together on May 22nd. With our partners, the people who make our work possible like schools officials, community members, volunteers, sponsors and alumni, we reflected on 25 years of service. From a pilot project of 50 corps members into an international force 3,000 corps members strong, City Year’s history gives us home for the future for what the next 25 years will bring in education.
You can see photo highlights from the event on City Year’s Flickr Page.