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Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards 2017
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The Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards recognize outstanding City Year alumni who are continuing their commitment to strengthening community, inspiring, mobilizing, and empowering others, creating and developing sustainable solutions for social change and who exemplify the core
core values of City Year.

Congratulations to the 2017 Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award recipients who were honored in Boston at Summer Academy on July 11, 2017:

Beth Marco Bayouth, City Year Chicago ’02 
For her authentic leadership, and humble dedication to creating opportunities for youth. As co-founder of Big Citizen HUB (BCH), a youth development organization in Los Angeles, Beth is extending the reach of national service by activating the talents of our young leaders. She has created a little-league for civic action, building a pipeline of diverse, enthusiastic, and informed change makers. In her role as Director of Strategy and Development, Beth oversees the fundraising, operations, systems, and strategic planning that has enabled BCH to engage over 500 young people ages 11-26 in addressing pressing social issues affecting their communities. Prior to her work with BCH, Beth received a MBA from Boston University with a focus on social impact. She then moved to Los Angeles to take on Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) at Los Angeles Unified School District, helping to create new ways for teachers, staff, and stakeholders to better understand the complicated financial policies affecting LAUSD students and communities. Beth is committed to strengthening communities and empowering young people. She has recently served on the City Year Los Angeles Associates Board and volunteers with the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care program.


Dan Foley, City Year New York ’09, ’10 
For his selfless dedication to building the national service movement and commitment to helping students, AmeriCorps members, alumni and staff reveal their limitless potential. Dan serves as the Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Jacksonville. Through the team he has built and his leadership in Jacksonville, the site has expanded from 7 to 12 schools in 3 feeder patterns serving more than 10,000 students, marking it one of City Year’s fastest growing sites in the network. Over the last 3 years, they have increased their corps from 75 to over 100, growing their budget from $3 million to $4.7 million. Prior to his role at City Year Jacksonville, Dan was the Program Director with City Year Los Angeles, overseeing the service of 70 corps members serving 7 schools in the South LA/Watts communities. Dan currently is a member of the Weaver Philanthropic Initiative Fellows, the First Coast YMCA Millennial Advisory Board, a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, and LEAD City Year. He is currently working towards his Executive Master of Public Administration with the University of Pennsylvania. 

Brent Holsinger, City Year Boston ’04 
For leading with the City Year value "students first, collaboration always" and working to close the opportunity gap for more than 2,000 children in Massachusetts and Virginia. Brent Holsinger has made a career serving as a champion for young people inspired by his AmeriCorps service year with City Year Boston. After finding his voice as an educator and building operational leadership skills as an administrator for several non-profits and out-of-school learning programs, including City Year, Citizen Schools, and Beyond the Bell/21st Century Community Learning Centers (Harrisonburg, VA), Brent founded and currently serves as president of On the Road Collaborative, a youth empowerment nonprofit organization in Harrisonburg that sets underserved middle school youth on the road to college and career. He received his Master’s Degree in Education in Out-of-School Learning and Facilitative Leadership from Lesley University and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. Along with his work at On the Road Collaborative, Brent serves on the Harrisonburg City School Board and enjoys spending his time with wife, Laura Toni-Holsinger, his daughter, Lucy, and son, Myles.


Mubarak Lawrence, City Year Philadelphia '11
Alex Peay,
City Year Philadelphia ‘10, '11 
For their entrepreneurial leadership in creating large scale change and advancing social justice through harnessing the skills, talents and passion of young adults. Today, Mubarak Lawrence serves as the Vice President and Alex Peay serves as the Founder and President of Rising Sons, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization which assists underprivileged youth in an effort to open their eyes to what they can offer their community, country and world, as well as what the world can offer them in return.

After Rising Son’s establishment in Philadelphia, Alex served 2 years as a Team Leader for City Year Greater Philadelphia and achieved community notoriety as recipient of the John S. & James L Knight Foundation’s Black Male Engagement Award, a United Way Philly Root’s Fellow, a 2016 Echoing Green Fellow, recipient of the Mayors' Distinguished Alumni of National Service Award and The Presidential Volunteer Service Award. Alex’s story was published in a book called R.E.A.C.H which was written by former President of the NAACP Ben Jealous and Founder/ CEO of BMe Trabian Shorters, one of the founders of AmeriCorps. In addition, the book was forwarded by Russell Simmons and features inspiring stories of 40 black men including, Talib Kweli, Bill T. Jones, Louis Gossett, Jr. and John Legend. Alex was honored by NBC as 1 of 28 of the nation's most talented innovators and game changers under the age of 28 as well as the Philadelphia Tribune’s 10 Most Influential under 40.

Mubarak coordinates Rising Son’s events and programs, such as “Reason for the Season," a holiday celebration for families living in shelters. He has been the program director for Rising Sons’ after-school program at Hope Partnership for Education since 2013. In 2013, Mubarak launched Rising Community Enterprises LLC, a firm focused on providing low-income communities with economic and community development services through business consultation, community investment, and youth enrichment programs. In August 2011, Mubarak enrolled in the AmeriCorps VISTA position at the Mayors of Education in Philadelphia. As the outreach coordinator for PhillyGoes2College, Mubarak traveled throughout the region providing youth and adults with the resources to enroll into post-secondary institutions. In September 2012, he served as the career and post-secondary specialist for Philadelphia Academies Inc.’s Student Success center at Abraham Lincoln High School, providing guidance to students looking to enrich their academic achievement and professional expectations. Mubarak currently sits on the board for Radnor a Better Chance and is a 2016 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow..


Whitney Parnell, City Year Washington DC ’11, '12 
For living the City Year value “service to a cause greater than self” and creating a social justice movement through civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration. Whitney is a rising millennial activist, and the Co-Founder and CEO of Service Never Sleeps. She grew up between Latin America and West Africa as a Foreign Service child. At Washington University in St. Louis, Whitney doubled majored in English and Spanish, and minored in Communications and Journalism, during which she also embraced her calling as a “Professional Humanitarian.” Whitney’s passion for service and social justice brought her to Washington, DC to serve with City Year where she served on the Civic Engagement team planning and directing over 30 service days engaging more than 4,000 volunteers. She then worked full-time in homeless services supporting more than 200 chronically homeless individuals through advocacy and community partnerships. In 2015, she founded Service Never Sleeps, a nonprofit focused on mobilizing young professionals and the corporate sector to work on social justice issues through civic engagement. Whitney released her first single, “The Talk,” earlier this year. The song is a preview to the upcoming summer release of Whitney’s social justice album, “What Will You Do.”

Please contact Laura Kazanovicz, National Alumni Director, at with any questions.

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