City Year Celebrates Milestone: 20 Years, 20 Locations and 20 Million Hours of Service

May 6, 2009 (Boston, MA) - Today, City Year marks the milestone of corps members providing 20,000,000 hours of service to children and communities. This year, as City Year celebrates its 20th anniversary year at 20 locations across the United States and South Africa, 1,500 corps members are reaching this milestone as tutors, mentors and role models, helping students and schools succeed.

City Year, a nonprofit organization, unites young adults, between ages 17 and 24, from all backgrounds for a year of full-time service. These diverse leaders serve in schools to improve student attendance, behavior, and course performance - helping students get on track and stay on track to graduate and succeed. City Year corps members also run youth leadership programs for middle and high school students and lead children and communities in transformative physical service activities.

Each hour of service is about corps members making a difference: 19-year-old corps member Isabel Bernegger tells of one of those hours, “One of the students I work with is a 15-year-old girl who is in the 7th grade, for the second time. This year, she and I worked together during our morning check-ins and afternoon homework sessions to complete her assignments for English, math, chemistry and social studies. Today, I celebrate the hour when she ran to tell me she received a high grade on an English composition. She was so proud to earn a good grade and it inspired her to work harder. We are both proud that, with only a few months left in the school year, she is on track to pass the 7th grade.”

At a time when President Obama is calling on Americans of all ages to serve, young people like Isabel are stepping forward in record numbers to serve in communities across America. This year, City Year has seen triple the number of applications and received the most applications in the organization’s history – over 5,200. Support for national service opportunities has also increased with the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America, which will increase service opportunities for Americans to meet the most pressing problems in our communities and country.

“City Year was founded 20 years ago on the belief that young people can change the world. Now, 20 years later, 20 locations later and 20 million hours later, it is more than an idea – City Year taps the energy and idealism of young adults to strengthen community and country,” said Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder. “We are proud to mark our 20 millionth hour of service and celebrate the 11,400 City Year alumni who have given a year to change the world.”

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about City Year, Inc.: City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these young leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods across the United States and in South Africa. For more information, please visit City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.

Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established programs in Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbia, SC; Columbus; Detroit; Little Rock, Los Angeles; Louisiana: Baton Rouge; Louisiana: New Orleans; Miami; New Hampshire; New York; Philadelphia; Rhode Island; San Antonio; San José/Silicon Valley; Seattle/King County; South Africa; and Washington, DC. City Year’s National Leadership Sponsors are ARAMARK, Bank of America, Cisco Foundation, Comcast, CSX, Pepperidge Farm, Pepsi, The Timberland Company and T-Mobile.

Alison Franklin: 617-927-2612
Karla Strobel: 617-927-2468