City Year Summer Academy 2017 kicked off on Monday with an amazing, transcendent speech by author Bryan Stevenson about his work in juvenile criminal justice reform. He challenged the audience to stay proximate to the communities we serve, challenge harmful narratives, embrace discomfort, and rely on hope to fuel our service. Check out his full speech.

On Tuesday, we honored outstanding City Year alumni with the 2017 Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership awards. Congratulations to Brent Holsinger, City Year Boston alumnus ’04, on his win! Holsinger is the Founder & President at On the Road Collaborative, a nonprofit which changes the way we think about every child’s potential and works to close the opportunity gap in children’s achievements. Read more about him and the rest of the winners.

On Wednesday, we were so proud of the Boston Public Schools student who introduced the Best of City Year awards which recognize outstanding achievements among City Year sites. We were also proud that City Year Boston received one of the awards!

Check out more photos of Summer Academy.

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