Red Jacket Bash
Join us at City Year Columbus’s annual celebration, Red Jacket Bash!
Red Jacket Bash is City Year Columbus’s annual event with a fresh face and a new location. Red Jacket Bash is a celebration of the work of our AmeriCorps members and the dedication of our community partners who make our service in schools possible.
The theme for this year’s event is innovation. At City Year, we believe in the potential of every student and the power of every young person. By empowering AmeriCorps members and students to be creative problem-solvers and equipping them with the tools and resources they need to be successful, City Year is impacting the education sector in Columbus and beyond.
Join us at this year’s event to learn more about how City Year is innovating every day for students in our community.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Changeist
In 2003 and 2004 Mario served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year San Jose and City Year Philadelphia. After his service, he joined City Year Staff in Philadelphia and worked with a national network to create a high school civic leadership program that united diverse groups of high school students to explore and serve their community. In 2007 Mario moved back to California to be a founding staff member of City Year Los Angeles. In 2014 Mario conceived of, designed and launched Changeist. Changeist mobilizes young people from all different walks of life, places them on diverse teams and immerses them in a 7-month civic action experience, exploring the issues they care most about. Changeist launched in 2015 with 75 middle school youth, and in 2019 was identified by the Governor’s office as the youth development model to scale across California to increase civic engagement for all Californians.
Mario currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for a Community Center in Pico-Union, Co-chair of the Invest in Youth Coalition, is a graduate of SCLN’s Leadership LA, a recipient of the Comcast NBCUniversal City Year Alumni Leadership award and most recently was selected out of thousands of applicants from over 160 countries to be a 2019 Obama Foundation Fellow. The Obama Fellowship supports outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation.
2020 Ripple Award
City Year Columbus is honored to present Nationwide Children’s Hospital with the 2020 Ripple Award in recognition of their commitment to students at Livingston Elementary School. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been a dedicated supporter of City Year Columbus for over 15 years and has contributed more than $175,000 to our Whole School, Whole Child program. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has been a consistent thought-partner and program collaborator, supporting our AmeriCorps members with professional development and public health awareness and providing fun and engaging curriculum for our afterschool program at Livingston. Nationwide Children’s Hospital has demonstrated its dedication to enacting change in our community, and we are honored to present them with this award as a token of our appreciation for their investment in our students and community.