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  • Champion Profile: David L. Cohen
    “To us, City Year was the absolute case study for accomplishing results and addressing some of the most intractable problems in urban America—through public-private partnerships." - David L. Cohen
  • Champion Profile: The Atwood Family
    “The vision for City Year was and remains essential to the health of our democracy and the strength of our communities—that young people are vital to an America where every child could achieve their unlimited potential" - The Atwood Family
  • Champion Profile: Dr. Darienne Driver
    “We now use City Year’s strategy every time we are identifying new programs to pilot in schools and thinking about how to have the most impact...I can honestly say City Year has really helped us think very differently about how we bring innovation and partnership programs to our schools that are most in need." - Dr. Darienne Driver
  • Champion Profile: Diana Davis Spencer
    “We support organizations that can teach kids to think out of the box, to really achieve and know that they can own their future. I like to be cutting edge, and I support City Year because it’s an entrepreneurial organization. City Year constantly thinks of ways to help students and reach them in different ways.” – Diana Davis Spencer
  • Champion Profile: Interview with Jeff Raider of Harry's
    Harry’s Co-Founder and CEO Jeff Raider, who also cofounded Warby Parker, the online eyewear retailer, shares in his own words why his company is passionate about helping City Year AmeriCorps members “get ready” both for their year of service to students and their future careers, and how his company has benefitted from the partnership with City Year.
  • Champion Profile: Tushara Canekeratne
    Tushara Canekeratne grew up with an expectation that she “had to do things for others,” a commitment reflected in her long-standing support for City Year. “I believe that City Year is a life-changing year, as much for the AmeriCorps members as the students they serve,” she says. “And I believe, just as my parents did, that education can change lives. City Year puts that belief into action.”
  • Champion Profile: Interview With Nicole Anderson of AT&T
    AT&T has led the country in corporate philanthropy aimed at dramatically increasing the U.S. graduation rate and helping students to thrive, in school and beyond. This commitment is underscored by the work of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, and its role as lead supporter of GradNation, a campaign of America’s Promise Alliance that seeks to achieve a 90 percent high school graduation rate by 2020, a goal shared by City Year.
  • Champion Profile: Steve and Connie Ballmer
    Since Steve retired as CEO from Microsoft in 2014, the Ballmers have focused their philanthropic efforts on expanding economic mobility for children and families– “removing barriers to success,” as Connie says – and supporting organizations that use data and investments wisely. Their philanthropic focus builds on Connie’s many years of supporting children and education in their home state of Washington and beyond, including her work in 2006 to co-found Partners for Our Children, which works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Washington, particularly those involved in the child welfare system.
  • AmeriCorps Member Profile: Justin Roias
    Justin Roias, City Year Providence alum, is the 2016 winner of the Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award. “My journey with City Year was challenging, but rewarding,” Justin says. “So many of the students I interacted with were just looking for someone who would actively listen. City Year allowed me to build trust with students and strong near-peer mentoring relationships. That one-to-one relationship can change a student’s whole outlook.” Read more about Justin's journey in his year of service and his connection with one student in particular, Manny.