On Friday, November 3, AmeriCorps members from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gathered to take the AmeriCorps pledge and kick off a year of national service.

Two City Year Boston AmeriCorps members at #AmeriDayMA

Secretary Rosalin Acosta of the Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang, and U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin delivered inspirational remarks on why national service matters, now more than ever. 

Dr. Chang spoke about his own experience in school as an English Language Learner, how his experience serving in AmeriCorps kicked off his career in education, and the tremendous gifts the students we serve bring to school: 

And finally, together with over 70 other AmeriCorps programs from across the state, our corps members took the AmeriCorps pledge:

...Faced with apathy, I will take action.

Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.

Faced with adversity, I will persevere.

I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.

I am an AmeriCorps member and I will get things done!

A City Year Boston AmeriCorps member at #AmeriDayMA

Read more about AmeriCorps Opening Day in this WGBH article. Learn more about completing a year of AmeriCorps service with City Year Boston. 

photos: Natalia Cabezas

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