be_ixf;ym_202404 d_22; ct_100 YES! I want to make a difference TODAY!

A Day of Service on MLK Day with CYLA

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

As part of City Year’s nationwide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, City Year Los Angeles brought together over 400 volunteers to beatify Fairfax High School, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary supporting the students in West Hollywood. Fairfax High School Principal, Leonard Choi, shared that “the school beautification fosters a college-going culture and school pride as students walk through the halls.”








The event featured special guests – 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, and LAUSD School Board Member, Nick Melvoin, who rolled up their sleeves to serve with us to take a day “on” not “off.”

This school beautification project, which was sponsored by The Vitality Institute, is the first MLK Day of Service event since the COVID-19 Pandemic, making it extra special. With activities like on-site mural painting, building planter boxes and assembling student success kits, our volunteers were committed to giving back to the students of Los Angeles through the strength of service. 

Our City Year L.A. alumni and their families also participated in serving with current AmeriCorps members and volunteers, exemplifying the true essence of the City Year family: A strong connection to service that leads to lifelong friendships and community engagement.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all our volunteers who actively embraced Dr. King’s powerful example of service.

Want to know more about what City Year does? Click here to talk to a recruiter!

Related stories

Our team at Ascot Elementary School had the pleasure of hosting the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Cindy Marten to...

Read more about U.S. DSEd Cindy Marten Visits Ascot ES to Spotlight Impact of Student Success Coaches

Every year, City Year AmeriCorps members in California are given the iconic yellow bomber jacket that they wear every day...

Read more about My Yellow Jacket Story

City Year L.A. has partnered with C5LA to provide college and grad-school application support for current AmeriCorps members. We have...

Read more about Grad School Support for AmeriCorps Members through Our Partner, C5LA

Head of Operations Strategic Planning, Risk & Analytics for Agmen, Nkem Ogbechie, virtually joined City Year Los Angeles AmeriCorps member...

Read more about Meet Our Board Member: Nkem Ogbechie of Agmen
National Strategic Partners
National Partners