Opening Day 2014 in Review

At a City Year Opening Day ceremony on September 19, 2014, City Year AmeriCorps members took the AmeriCorps pledge to serve, dedicating a year of their lives to making a difference for children and their communities. Opening Day ceremonies are the literal and symbolic beginning to a new year of helping students and schools succeed.
City Year’s first Opening Day in 1988 with co-founders Michael Brown and Alan Khazei

This year also celebrated the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps, which held its celebration ceremony exactly one week prior on the steps of Denver’s Capital.

Seventy City Year AmeriCorps members were sworn in with City Year at the newly remodeled Denver Union Station in Denver, CO. They’ll serve as tutors, mentors and role models in eight Denver Public Schools this year.

Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President-Mile High Region Comcast | NBC Universal 
Comcast | NBCUniversal is the national Opening Day sponsor at all 25 City Year sites

“Let me say something. I try to be here when you all kick off your year because I want to say thank you to you for what you are doing…,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  “Thank you for what you’re doing in the life of this community. You know, there is only so much that I can do as Mayor of the city. There’s only so much City Council members can do to lift this city up and encourage people, particularly our young… But when organizations like AmeriCorps show up and say, ‘We can stand in the gap!’ ‘Where you end, we’ll pick up.’ Now we’re truly talking about what it means when they say, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’”

Denver Mayor Micheal B. Hancock

City Year AmeriCorps Team Leaders

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