Today, national service champions across the nation celebrated AmeriCorps' 20th Anniversary. More than 75,000 AmeriCorps members—including City Year members-- took the AmeriCorps pledge to get things done for America. Hundreds gathered at the White House Lawn where Presidents Obama and Clinton joined Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, who led the AmeriCorps pledge. President Clinton who founded AmeriCorps 20 years ago called service the “a spark to rekindle the spirit of democracy in an age of uncertainty.” And President Obama who signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act to scale up AmeriCorps, told the crowd “AmeriCorps has changed the life of our nation.”
Since AmeriCorps began, more than 900,000 idealistic and dedicated Americans have stepped forward to contribute more than 1.2 billion hours of service that have changed this country. City Year, is a proud member of the AmeriCorps National Service Network and salutes AmeriCorps on its 20th Anniversary.
Read President Obama’s full remarks at AmeriCorps’ 20th Anniversary Ceremony click here.
Read City Year CEO Michael Brown's AmeriCorps 20th anniversary op-ed, "Taking the AmeriCorps Pledge To Grow It" here.
Read City Year’s Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President President AnnMaura Connolly’s post, “Getting Things Done for America,”here.
View a commemorative brochure on the history and impact of AmeriCorps by Voices for National Service, here.