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Service to a cause greater than self is truly exemplified by these stellar Senior AmeriCorps members. Each unique experience has brought them back for another year of service and we are excited to keep making better happen across Los Angeles Unified Schools!


Valerie Mercado, Senior AmeriCorps Member 93rd, Elementary School

Hometown: Castaic, CA

“I continue to serve past my first year because I didn't feel as though my time as a City Year AmeriCorps member was over. Within my first year, my students' resilience, strength, and humor inspired me to be better for those around me. I hope to use this next year to foster a supportive environment that will support my own team through this exciting year of growth and challenges that will provide the academic and socio-emotional support that our kids, schools, and beautiful communities are so deserving of.”











Saúl Nolasco, Senior AmeriCorps Member Samuel Gompers and University Pathways

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

“I am serving for a second year because I wanted better relationships with more people involved in education, that includes my team, administration, other City Year leaders, and especially my students. I wanted to continue to support my students as best as I can to help them know they are capable of being who they want to be.”
















Jose Bejar, Team Leader Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy

Hometown: East Los Angeles

“I continue to serve to give back to my beautiful Los Angeles community. I see my friends, siblings, and the future of Los Angeles in my students. The students at Barack Obama Global Prep Academy hold a special place in my heart, and I want to continue helping them in reaching their full potential.”

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