Last week, City Year’s Annual Investors Summit took place. AmeriCorps member Aerin Marshall of the Comcast NBCUniversal team serving with Jeremiah E. Burke High School traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent City Year Boston at this three-day-long event of dialogue and sharing with elected officials, partners and champions around the theme: “Building the Graduation Pipeline”. Here Aerin shares:

Attending the Investors Summit was an amazing experience. Along with other corps members, I got to open the Summit on Thursday by telling a story about working with one of my students to a large group of elected officials, partners, sponsors and champions.

 There were multiple speakers at the Summit who left an impact. Former Secretary of Education John King spoke about the importance of school and having mentors committed to the success of our young people.

Dana Bash, CNN correspondent, discussed the political climate and the prevalence and bi-partisan appeal of public service and AmeriCorps.

Michael Smith, the Director of Youth Opportunity Programs and the Obama Foundation and Executive Director of the MBK Alliance, spoke about the importance of creating channels of expression for youth and allowing them to speak to their own social justice experiences.

AmeriCorps member Aerin Marshall greets Michael Smith of the MBK Alliance at the Investors Summit

The Summit also included testimonials about City Year from education partners like the headmaster of my school, Dr. McIntyre:

The part that most resonated with me was hearing the plan and theoretical framework from a Deloitte executive and hearing City Year’s future. These two segments created a vision and made me excited to continue my service as a senior AmeriCorps member Team Leader next year. Being in a room with so many individuals that see the value in public service and are committed to our young people was empowering. This was an amazing opportunity to share my experiences and come back to service with an even greater understanding of my goal.

Thanks in part to the advocacy that happened at Investors Summit and Hill Day, Congress increased funding for national service by $34 million. Learn what that funding can accomplish in our new Impact Report.

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