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By: Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps


They came from every borough in New York City and beyond to dedicate themselves to serving for one year making a positive change in communities throughout New York City. 

What they will bring will vary as many recently completed college and are eager for that first opportunity to experience real world issues and put into place all that learning.  Others have learned much from their varied life experiences and taken the best of those forward to share with others.  Some have just graduated from high school and are eager to see what they can offer and learn before deciding what career to pursue. All come with commitment in their hearts, eager to stand for something.

You see their faces below, representing what America has to offer and what makes America a great nation.  For it’s the “doers” who place into action their energy and enthusiasm and wade into the fray of American life willing to help improve the lives of others.  They aren’t motivated by what they get but rather what they give to others.  Over 400 stood together pledging their willingness to not only “get things done” “but to carry the commitment this year and beyond”.  Wherever they serve in New York, they will be our Ambassadors of Hope-standing for the best values of America when perhaps some have lost faith in themselves and are looking for examples of  someone steeped in selfless service to others.  

You can also serve this year, the year of One Million AmeriCorps members. 

Your face can become part of these faces. It’s your chance to stand for someone other than yourself. It’s your chance to be courageous enough to say with the support of others that we truly can make a difference. Our country has provided us this opportunity to serve.  Let’s go forward as others have done and be about building the more perfect union.

By: Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps

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By: David Wilkinson, Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

“We’ve applied data and evidence to social policy, to find out what works, to scale up when it works …thereby fostering a new era of social innovation." - President Obama 10/13/16

As President Obama convened some of the nation’s leading academics and business leaders for the Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, it is the perfect moment to put the spotlight on an initiative, highlighted at today’s Conference, that is elevating the use of evidence and data to tackle our country’s biggest challenges.

In 2009, President Obama authorized the creation of the Social Innovation Fund at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to find solutions that work, and make them work for more people – by proving, improving and growing effective models.

As of March 2016, the Social Innovation Fund and philanthropic matching funders have invested over $900 million in effective community solutions since the program’s inception. As a result of $295 million in federal grants and more than $628 million in non-federal match commitments, the SIF has made a total of 43 awards to high-performing organizations supporting 458 non-profits working in 40 states and the District of Columbia. Altogether, these efforts have impacted the lives of nearly 700,000 people.

On top of these achievements, the Social Innovation Fund also has helped expand the government’s investment in another data-driven direction.


Santos De La Paz, City Year - Los Angeles

When I look into the eyes of the Latino students I serve, I see centuries of thriving cultures, I hear the joyful strum of the guitar, I smell the sweet scent of spices in the air, and I observe strength carrying stone atop stone constructing the temples of their life. I look upon a spectrum of copper skin and see the resilience required for the continuation of our uniqueness and stand awe-struck. Before there is the student, there is a person that feels, laughs, cries, thinks, eats, and expresses the inner sensibilities of a young mind finding its place in the world. 

City Year recognizes this and prepares us to walk with our growing pueblo. I serve my Latino community because before there was White, our piece of the world was filled with Color, who’s beauty can only be shared with stories, music, friendship, laughter, connection, and commitment. I believe success is personal, even for a child, and, as such, a person must understand what success means to them before they can want it. 

For too long, young Latinos have been denied the freedom to understand their potential for that success and I am here to change that. I serve my Latino community because I am here to give them that opportunity, that necessary space of understanding, patience, and mentorship. When I walk through school halls and when I chat with students, I am a reminder of the strength in their copper skin, a voice they can relate to, and a story of survival. I am not only a mentor, tutor and role model, I am a symbol of hope in a world filled with obstacles. 

City Year provides Latino students across the nation mentors like me and we are changing the future of our nation for our people.“ - Santos De La Paz, City Year Los Angeles 2016-2017, Bridge Builder Pueblo serving at Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles   

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