|Congratulations to the City Year Corps of 2012-2013|
Dear U.S. City Year Corps Members,
As our service year comes to a close, I wanted to congratulate you on successfully completing a demanding year of service in America’s schools.
Your passion, commitment, and dedication—your willingness to pull on your boots and put your idealism to work each and every day in schools across the country—is so deeply inspiring to me personally and to the entire City Year community.
In the days and months—and years—to come, I hope you will take a moment to reflect on all that you and your fellow corps members have accomplished this year.
Education is the pathway to success, and your tremendous dedication to the students you have served will generate ripples for years to come. Whether helping a child improve his or her reading and math skills, mentoring a student after school,or leading a whole-school event, you have made a tremendous impact.
It has been said that the path of service leads from charity to justice. As you think back on your service, I hope you will find within yourself an ever deeper commitment to ensuring that students in our most challenged schools stay in school and on track to graduate high school.
As a nation, we must recommit ourselves to providing an outstanding education to every student, no matter what their socio-economic circumstances. Your service gives you unique insights and ideas, and even perhaps a personal responsibility to speak up and act on behalf of students whose voices cannot otherwise be heard.
Lead where your service had taken you.
You are about to join a network of City Year alumni—Leaders for Life—a growing national community of idealists thatwill soon be 18,000 strong. As a member of the City Year alumni network, you will always be an integral part of the City Year family. I hope you will be active in alumni activities, join a local alumni advisory board, and return to City Year for special events and to participate in—and lead—service opportunities.
I hope that you will continue to make connections, friendships and idealistic alliances with other City Year alumni across the country—and across the United Kingdom and South Africa.
As a City Year AmeriCorps
alum, we need you to be a leading voice for the national service movement, and
an enduring champion to ensure that children succeed in school and life.
In so many ways, the opportunity for you to act on your idealism is just beginning. I hope that you will continue to seek ways to serve, lead and transform, and to put into action the skills of idealism that you gained at City Year in all walks of your life.As you know, last year City Year announced our Long-Term Impact goal of (1) ensuring 80% of the students in the schools City Year serves reach 10th grade on track and on time, (2) serving the majority of at-risk students in the locations we serve, and (3) reaching the communities that produce two-thirds of the nation’s urban dropouts. We have big plans for how our alumni can play a role in our strategy to reach this bold goal—stay tuned for opportunities to get involved and to give us your input on our strategy.
And remember, always act on your idealism! You have untold powers to change the world. I hope that if there is one thing that you take away from your year of service, it is that you are needed, and that you can help change the world for the better -- and inspire others to join you. Thank you for beginning that path at City Year.
All of us at City Year are so proud of you, and inspired by you.
We all you wish you the very best in your future plans.
Your partner in service and idealism,