Leila Bailey-Stewart
  • Vice President of Recruitment and Admissions



03-04, 04-05 CYNY

Why I Serve: I serve because it is my civic and moral duty. I serve because my family modeled it for me. I serve because I feel that my talents are best utilized when I can share them with others to #makebetterhappen in my neighborhood, city, state, country and hopefully world.

Fun Fact: I am a passionate portrait and lifestyle photographer. I get to know people by seeing their outer beauty and experiencing their inner beauty.

Advice: Connect with a City Year Recruiter as soon as possible! Ask questions and let us be your advocates. All of our recruiters want you to succeed. They can only help you if you are willing to put in the work. Get involved in activities that prepare you to be the competitive candidate for City Year like tutoring, mentoring, working or participating on a team. City Year is competitive and challenging but its also a life enhancing experience. Lastly APPLY EARLY and BE READY to accept City Year's offer.

Darla Pires DeGrace
  • National Director of Diversity Recruitment and Strategic Partnerships



Why I Serve: As a product of the inner-city, and first generation college student - I was who we now serve. I love that our Corps Members are making an impact in communities where most needed. We should all find a way to serve.

Fun Fact: I'm a licensed esthetician. When I'm not busy working, mentoring, and being super-mom, I'm busy brow shaping and applying eyelash extensions.

Advice: Give a year of yourself and City Year will transform you and the children you serve. Your year of service is not only designed to make an impact in the community, but it is also a year of professional development, personal reflection and growth. Give a year, and let City Year help to open doors for future scholarships, loan forgiveness and career opportunities.

Anton Taylor
  • Director of Diversity Recruitment


Alumni Year: Detroit 07

Why I Serve: I recruit to support our organization's efforts to mobilize youth in leading the change in our communities.

Fun Fact: I’ve never eaten a Snickers candy bar...

Advice: In hopes of being recruited by City Year, I suggest becoming and remaining an active and engaged member of your community.

Jamaal Williams
  • National Recruitment Director



07-08, 08-09 New York

Why I Serve: I serve because I believe in the power of youth to positively impact our world. If I make the people around me better, I become a better person. Therefore by empowering young people, I can ensure that future generations are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be better leaders, citizens, and people.

Fun Fact: I can beat Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System in under 5 minutes. Challenge me.

Advice: Know why you want to serve. City Year is like a box: you only get out of it what you put into it and when the hard days come, remembering why you serve will help you regain the perspective needed to persevere.

Anita Lovaincy
  • National Diversity Recruitment Senior Manager



Why I Serve: I serve because access to quality education is a right, and our Corps Members are making it accessible on a regular basis. 

Fun Fact: I have 9 siblings, 4 brothers and 5 sisters!

Advice: I'm here to help you be the most competitive applicant you can be. Do your research, use your resources, and ASK QUESTIONS. If you really want to serve, I'll work with you directly to help you make it happen. 


Havens Smith
  • National Manager of Recruitment Communication and Strategy



Why I serve: Ut Prosim, that I may serve because I was served.  

Fun Fact: I was born in Kodiak, Alaska

Advice: Be ready, anticipate the challenge, know that this year will grow you not just because it's impactful, but because it is hard.  


Emerald Anderson-Ford
  • National Recruitment Manager



08-09,09-10 New Hampshire

Why I Serve: I serve because if I dont, I can't expect anyone else to. I wake up everyday with the intention, skill, and capability of changing the world; I hope that my actions inspire others to get involved.

Fun Fact: I met my best friend, partner, husband, and father of my daughters (the same guy!) while we both served at City Year New Hampshire.

Advice: Make sure you understand the gravity the work has. Keeping students on track to succeed in school is something that is very important and requires dedication. With that said, make sure to have fun and be genuine with the students! 


Ashli Logan
  • National Recruitment Manager



Fun Fact: I learned how to ride a bike at the age of 26.

Advice: If you have a passion for people, the heart to serve, the courage to push through, and the desire to conquer challenges, you'll be fine.

Brion Abel
  • National Recruitment Manager



Why I Serve: I serve because I belive in the power of a few to make a difference in the lives of many. I serve because the ripple of my service can cause a tsunami of change. I serve to make the world a little better.

Fun Fact: Junior year of college I was part of a research trip to Ireland and was able to stay overnight in a castle, and` I literally wrote the wikipedia page on the person we were studying.

Advice: Don't be afraid to ask questions, the more you know about City Year the better your application will be. Your year of service will fundamentally change the person you are, and make you see things in a completely different way. 

Dominique Cunningham
  • National Recruitment Coordinator



Why I Serve: I serve because I believe anyone can make a difference if you equip them with the tools to be successful. Education is power.

Fun Fact: I am from the Midwest but I have a southern accent.

Advice: Allow yourself space for growth and don't be afraid to join an organization bigger than yourself.