On September 14, City Year celebrated our 30th year of service in Boston with a powerful Opening Day, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal.
We started the day with a splash as hundreds of AmeriCorps members donned their signature red jackets for a tour of the city they will spend a year serving. This year, corps members are serving full-time as tutors and mentors in 29 Boston Public Schools all across the city, from Brighton to Eastie to Dorchester (home of the Comcast NBCUniversal team serving with the Jeremiah E. Burke High School).
Our corps disembarked and joined guests for City Year Boston's Opening Day at the Reggie Lewis Center, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal. After an energetic entrance, our corps was welcomed by Roxbury Community College President, Dr. Valerie Roberson, who spoke of the history of Roxbury and education in Boston. Roberson ended with an appreciation for City Year’s service in Roxbury in beyond: "You are an invaluable member of the community. Continue to be the great partner that you are!"
City Year Senior AmeriCorps member, Amanda Reveles, then took the stage to reflect on her first year of service at Charlestown High School and offer advice to this year’s corps.
“Service isn’t about the number of hours and minutes you spent with your students, but the quality of time you spent together. If you helped one student, if you had one meaningful conversation, that’s enough.”
Finally, led by Comcast NBCUniversal Regional Vice President Steve Hackley, AmeriCorps members took the City Year pledge, echoing the words of more than 4,500 City Year alumni who have served in Boston over the last 30 years.
“I pledge to serve as a City Year corps member to the very best of my ability,
to honor the rules and expectations of City Year,
to respect my colleagues and the people and communities we serve,
to provide excellent service, to lead by example and be a role model to children,
to celebrate the diversity of people, ideas and cultures around me,
to serve with an open heart and an open mind, to be quick to help and slow to judge,
to do my best to make a difference in the lives of others,
and to build a stronger community, nation and world, for all of us.”
Comcast NBCUniversal sponsors Opening Day at all 29 City Year locations. This year, 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members will begin their year of full-time service in more than 300 schools, providing individual, classroom and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate, prepared for success in college and career. Diverse teams of AmeriCorps members serve full-time alongside teachers, tutoring students one-on-one, providing in-class support and organizing school-wide programs to improve academic achievement, student engagement and overall school climate.