Please join me in congratulating the 2015-2016 City Year Los Angeles corps on successfully completing a demanding year of service in our city’s highest-need schools. We celebrated this incredible group of idealists earlier this month at our graduation ceremony – thank you so much to so many of you who attended!

LAUSD School Board Vice President George McKenna gave a moving speech, and shared in a follow-up note, “It is always a privilege to be present when you perform your magnificent acts of service and giving to the students, communities and schools in our District. Your program is indeed a blessing to the entire city. I am grateful for your existence.”

For ten months, from before the first bell until the last student has gone home, these young leaders served as tutors, mentors and role models, filling the gap between what their students truly needed and what schools actually have the capacity to provide. They partnered with school administrators, teachers, community groups and parents to help students overcome the obstacles preventing them from reaching their full potential. Their passion, commitment, and tireless dedication made a tremendous impact on thousands of students across Boyle Heights, Watts, South L.A. and Koreatown – no doubt changing lives and transforming whole schools.

Their service would not have been possible without the support of the many individuals and organizations who generously gave to City Year LA, as well as the support from family and friends of our AmeriCorps Members. We are grateful to all of you for your dedication to our work.

We look forward to kicking off our 10th year of service here in Los Angeles at Opening Day this coming September. Stay tuned for details!

All the best,

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