By Phoebe Axtman, Marketing and Communications AmeriCorps VISTA
On June 19, 2015, City Year New Hampshire honored 54 AmeriCorps members, during a graduation ceremony at the Palace Theater in Manchester, for over 91,000 hours of collective service as tutors, mentors and role models to students at risk of falling off track, in six of Manchester, New Hampshire’s highest-poverty public elementary schools.
Since City Year New Hampshire was founded in 2000, the organization has had a powerful impact on the lives of many students in the granite state. This year, 92% of teachers agreed that AmeriCorps members helped improve student math and English/language arts performance, and 91% of principals agreed that AmeriCorps members serve as positive role models in their school.
“City Year firmly believes that all children should have the opportunity to meet their potential—it’s critical for our community, our economy, and our nation’s future,” said City Year New Hampshire Executive Director Pawn Nitichan. “We are very proud of our City Year AmeriCorps members. Their passion and hard-work helped bridge the opportunity gaps for our struggling students. I also want to be sure to thank and appreciate our many partners and funders who helped make this year a great success.”
Patrick Duffy, former President of NYNEX, served as keynote speaker of the graduation ceremony, while Mayor Ted Gatsas and Kerri St. Jean of Comcast NBC Universal also addressed the crowd of more than 250 friends, family and community members of the graduating City Year AmeriCorps members.
City Year AmeriCorps member, Sherry Leung, was presented with the Comcast NBC Universal Spirit of City Year Award for her unwavering dedication to City Year New Hampshire, embodiment of the values and ideals of City Year, demonstration of exemplary commitment to spirit, discipline, purpose and pride, and as an inspiration to her fellow AmeriCorps members to also strive for these values. Click here to read her blog post.