On Friday, October 28, City Year Boston welcomed 450 women leaders, innovators, and change agents at our eighth Annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast. Together, we raised more than $220,000 which will directly fund City Year Boston’s AmeriCorps members in service as tutors, mentors, and role models for thousands of students in 21 public schools across our city.
City Year AmeriCorps member Serena Accomazzi shared her experience working alongside her partner teacher, Mr. Chew at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School. She thanked strong female mentors in her life for paving the way for her to be a mentor to her student, Jack.
We also had the great pleasure of hearing from Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National & Community Service, Wendy Spencer, a formidable pioneer of the movement for national service. She noted the impact that City Year’s AmeriCorps members have in schools in Boston and across the country with a story from the field:
"Over the course of the year, that student's grades went from Ds and Fs to Cs and Bs. That was because her AmeriCorps member stuck with her. And that is what City Year does so well. These City Year AmeriCorps members, these 'near-peers,' have something special that allows them to really connect with young people. And they're well-trained and prepared to do so."
We at City Year Boston would like to sincerely thank Wendy Spencer, the sponsors and guests that made this event a great success. Thank you also to our Founding Chairs, Co-Chairs, and Event Vice Chairs. Our work at City Year Boston is only possible with the support of champions like you.
View photos from the event below and check out our blog for more stories from service like Serena's.