Nearly 400 law professionals came together to support City Year Boston’s 9th annual Legal Community Breakfast. Our guests and generous sponsors, sparked by the inspiring words of featured speaker Andrea Campbell, Boston City Council President, raised more than $165,000 to resource and expand City Year Boston’s service to over 12,000 students in the Boston Public Schools.
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Guests first heard moving remarks from Diane Patrick, Senior Counsel, Ropes & Gray LLP and former first Lady of Massachusetts, introducing Councilor Campbell. Then Councilor Campbell highlighted the importance of creating opportunities for all communities, particularly youth of color, within Boston in order to build a stronger, more equitable city. As she shared:
"Each of us all have a role to play in growing City Year's impact. You can donate, spread the word about City Year, get our young people signed up, or have one of your children serve. But you can do more than that. You can bring these values and conversations back to your own workplaces and communities, and look to make a difference there, as City Year in doing in our schools every single day. Each of us has a role to play. Why? City Year understands this – because I am a person through other people, my humanity is tied to yours."
– Councilor Andrea Campbell
Councilor Campbell told the audience how the passing of her twin brother helped her find her life-long purpose -- to help push Boston to do better for its next generation, so that no family or resident feels left behind. She spoke of the many opportunities our city has to offer -- amazing public schools, comprehensive after-school programming, and more-- and how she seeks make them accessible to all young people. As a tireless advocate for youth and racial justice, Councilor Campbell encouraged guests and their networks to support her work and that of partners like City Year Boston to open doors for students and create lasting change for future generations to come.
Councilor Andrea Campbell
Like Councilor Campbell, Niara Iman Tarleton-Allen, our AmeriCorps speaker, has seized many opportunities in her life to achieve her dream of attending law school and serving as U.S. Secretary of State. Niara, who serves at the Irving Middle School, spoke of her passion for service, education, and law, which inspired her to dedicate a year with City Year Boston. She explained how observing her student Ethan's academic and social-emotional growth reinforced her commitment to service to a cause greater than self, and that guests' support would help create more transformative relationships like the one she shares with Ethan.
And while Niara shared City Year's outcomes for her students, Ian Epperson-Temple, associate at Manion, Gaynor & Manning and a City Year alumnus, spoke to the impact the program has for alumni. Ian attended the Legal Community Breakfast as a corps member himself, and with the help of his mentor, attorney and City Year Boston alumnus David Lieberman, he charted a path to success in the legal field using his City Year skills. He called for guests to help support a vision for a more equitable future for the students of Boston fueled by the idealism and service of young people like Niara.
A special thank you to all our speakers and incredible guests for investing in City Year Boston's work. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors, Kirkland & Ellis, Ares, LPL Financial, Morrison Mahoney, Northeastern University, O’Brien and Levine Court Reporting Solutions, RSM US, and Seyfarth Shaw.