2016-01-19

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City Year Los Angeles recruited over 1,000 Angelenos in L.A.'s largest MLK Day service event. Volunteers covered the campus of Augustus F. Hawkins High School in bright-colored murals as vibrant reminders that their community cares for and believes in them. 

Setting the tone for the event were new LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King, Augustus Hawkins Assistant Principal Karla Spivey, and City Year Los Angeles Executive Director Mary Jane Stevenson. See highlights below: 

 AmeriCorps member Jasmine-Joy, who is a member of the Civic Engagement team that organized the event, shared her reaction below:

Transforming an entire campus would be nearly impossible without the support of so many in the Beloved Community. We were joined by 27 community groups and businesses including employee groups from Starbucks and Disney.

In a matter of hours, the South L.A. campus was brought to life through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Altogether we completed 135 murals on the campus, helping to encourage a college-going culture and create a more welcoming environment for the school community. We could not imagine a better way to unite people in the spirit of service than a day like today.

Almost every major local station made it out to the school to cover our event. Check out our favorite clip from ABC7:
 

Do you know someone who would #makebetterhappen as City Year AmeriCorps member? Let them know our next application deadline is on February 15th!

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