City Year Seattle/King County is supported by champions in many different ways. We want to take this opportunity to highlight two of those champions who have been instrumental in shaping CYSKC over recent years. George Meng and Amy Barnes have served on our Board of Directors for, combined, 23 years! Both of these leaders have worked tirelessly during their tenure to bring in resources to support our work. They have both decided to step down from the board this year, and while we are very sad to lose them as members of our board, we appreciate everything they have done for CYSKC!

George is busy taking his youngest son to college, but we found some time to check in with Amy to get a few of her reflections of her time on the board. A huge thank you goes out to both of these champions!

Q&A with Amy

How did you get involved with City Year to begin with? 

After moving to SEA from DC, I met a friend who was a CYSKC alumni and she introduced me to CY. I served on the Ripples of Hope (CYSKC’s annual gala) committee for a couple of years and was so inspired by the corps members – I believe they will be the ones who will change the world.

What is your favorite memory of your time with City Year? 

Each year I am so proud to bring my friends to Ripples of Hope. They leave feeling inspired to do good and support youth in our community. I also loved being involved in the All The Difference documentary screening and participating in Hill Day in DC. 

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for CYSKC in the near future? 

Raising the profile of City Year in Seattle with new audiences through the Seven Generations Circle. 

What will you do with all your free time now?  

Still serve on the City Club board and CY Seven Generation Circle. Maybe read more fiction or get to the gym regularly J.


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