On Friday, June 15, 2018, City Year New Hampshire will graduate its 18th class of AmeriCorps members. 58 young idealists will stand in front of their peers and neighbors and share a brief statement about what they learned during their year of service before shaking hands with Mayor Joyce Craig and City Year New Hampshire Executive Director, Pawn Nitichan and receive their certificates of graduation. This day signifies the culmination of the 119,000 hours served by AmeriCorps members in elementary school classrooms across Manchester, as well as their tireless devotion to the students, families and citizens of Manchester through community service and engagement.

One AmeriCorps member will also receive the Spirit of City Year award, an annual honor bestowed upon an individual who has gone above and beyond during their year of service. Although the award is presented by City Year sponsor, Comcast NBCUniversal, the awardee is nominated by their peers, making the Spirit of City Year award a more personal and community-centered recognition for excellence in service. In that sense, the awardee is someone who truly embodies the very best that City Year New Hampshire has to offer.

The reason for devoting a year of one’s life to service varies from person to person. AmeriCorps member, Anita Lantz, chose to serve because she wanted to help those who need it most, and to gain experience in a classroom. “I have taught my students some awesome skills this year, but they have taught me even more. Whether it’s their ability to always appreciate the little things, unconditional love and trust or sometimes their brutal honesty, they never cease to amaze me,” she says.

Arthur Lyon, who will be completing his second year with City Year New Hampshire, had similar motivations. “I’ve always wanted to be part of a community where I could give back and bring a positive light,” he says. “I decided to serve another year because I knew that there was a lot of love and joy that I could continue to share with my students and this community.”

Please join us in honoring Anita, Arthur and the rest of the 18th City Year New Hampshire corps on Friday, June 15 at the Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester. The ceremony starts at 3:00 PM, with a reception to follow. Click here to RSVP and come celebrate with us!

If you know of a young person who is looking for a meaningful way to spend 10 months of their life, we are accepting applications for next year’s group of idealistic, diverse and committed AmeriCorps members to serve in Manchester, NH and nationally until Friday, June 1st, 2018. For more information, please contact Jason Bonilla at jbonilla@cityyear.org, or visit the City Year application website.

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