2017-07-21

Throughout the school year, over 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members work together in high-need schools across the national to better the communities they live in. By being mentors, tutors and school staff supports, they are helping students reach their full potential and prepare for college and career.

The Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award celebrates this powerful spirit of service and all City Year AmeriCorps members, past and present, who are a true testament to what can happen when individuals lead with positivity, idealism and work hard to get the job done. The Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award recognizes a national winner and one AmeriCorps member per site for their commitment to building healthy communities through service and embodying City Year's values. 

Congratulations to our national winner, Olivia McNulty of City Year Chicago, and to all 28 site winners. Your passion and dedication are truly inspiring! Learn more about this exceptional group of young adults. 

Olivia with Jonathan Lavine
"Every day I work with students I learn something new, and the most important lesson that my students have taught me this year is to never give up no matter the obstacle." - Olivia McNulty, City Year Chicago, First Year AmeriCorps Member

More Reflections on Service from our 2017 Bridge Builder Winners

Danny Vasquez, City Year Miami

Melvin “Danny” Vasquez, City Year Miami Winner, First Year AmeriCorps Member

Tell us briefly about one student you worked with this year.

“My student, we’ll call her DiDi, is an amazing student with a great work ethic. She was born outside of the US, and is in the English Language Learners program. Despite these obstacles, she has persevered. Her dedication to learning and unwillingness to give up has led her to become recognized by the school for academic excellence.”

 

Lyssandra Golledge, City Year New York

Lyssandra Golledge, City Year New York Winner, First Year AmeriCorps Member

What’s next for you after graduation this year?

“Next year, I will be a Team Leader with City Year New York. After that, I hope to be in law school. After law school, I don't know I'll be doing, but I do know that it will be some thing that lets me think about how to tackle the injustices in the criminal justice system in this country.”

 

Aurielle Coleman, City Year Jacksonville

Aurielle Coleman, City Year Jacksonville Winner, Team Leader

Share one valuable thing you’ve learned from your students.

“One thing that I have learned is that showing students patience and consistency goes a long way. I try to make an effort to tell as many students as I can that I believe in them, because that may be what they need to in that moment. I am deeply humbled by them every day, and I try to be as open to positivity and allow myself to continue to grow.”

 

Billy Wallace, City Year Denver

Billy Wallace, City Year Denver Winner, Senior AmeriCorps Member

Who is someone who inspired you during your service year? 

“My Impact Manager, Chelsea Tossing, approaches every single day with grace in her heart, love for others, a resiliency that is unmatched, and an attitude to improve everything she touches. Despite numerous challenges she has faced, she continues to serve as my role model and has been the driver of our progress. I look up to her so much more and am honored to have worked by her side!”

Follow #MakeBetterHappen to read more incredible service stories from this group of winners! 

Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award 2017 Winners

City Year Baton Rouge

Sheldon Gilton

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Boston

Erin Chow

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Chicago

Olivia Mcnulty*2017 Winner

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Cleveland

Danielle Clark

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Columbia

Shawn Caraballo

 Team Leader

City Year Columbus

Alfonso Gillette IV

Team Leader

City Year Dallas

Cassandra Wambach

Team Leader

City Year Denver

Billy Wallace

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Detroit

Kye Campbell-Fox

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Jacksonville

Aurielle Coleman

Team Leader

City Year Kansas City

Jillian Bush

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Little Rock

Stephani Lopez

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Los Angeles

Carolina Martinez

Team Leader

City Year Memphis

Jacob Warren

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Miami

Melvin “Danny” Vasquez

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Milwaukee

Vicki Pulliam

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year New Hampshire

Uthman Olowa

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year New Orleans

Caroline Heider

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year New York

Lyssandra Golledge

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Orlando

Brian Lynn

Senior AmeriCorps member

City Year Philadelphia

Omosi Anabui

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Providence

Alyssa Mason

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Sacramento

Karinne Caisse

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year San Antonio

Taylor Schafer

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year San Jose / Silicon Valley

Grayson Clapp

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Seattle / King County

Nina Montoya

Senior AmeriCorps Member

City Year Tulsa

Kristen Hayes

First Year AmeriCorps Member

City Year Washington DC

Alex Nihill

Team Leader

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