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By Jennifer Ingham, Senior Communications Manager, City Year

Every March, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity for AmeriCorps programs to come together to celebrate the power of national service. Since 1994, over one million individuals have served 1.4 billion hours and earned a total of 3.6 billion in Segal Education Awards. AmeriCorps programs have leveraged $1 billion in private, philanthropic and other resources as well as mobilizing millions of additional community volunteers in the last year alone.

At City Year, March is not just when AmeriCorps Week happens—we extend the celebration of our AmeriCorps members to the entire month to recognize the 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members serving this year as mentors and tutors in high-need schools in 28 cities.


This year, City Year locations across the country got creative with several different ways to appreciate their AmeriCorps members for all they do every day to support students. City Year staff and partners provided homemade baked goods, acknowledged AmeriCorps members with school wide announcements and notes from students, and gifted them movie tickets and sporting events. City Year national staff organized care packages for each school team and personally signed gratitude posters that had encouraging messages to keep them fired up as they finish their year of service.

Apr 25, 2018

By Jennifer Ingham, Senior Communications Manager, City Year

Every March, AmeriCorps Week is an opportunity for AmeriCorps programs to come together to celebrate the power of national...

Edieson Aguirre has been eager to serve in AmeriCorps since before he was old enough to join. As an AmeriCorps tutor at the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Public School System, Edieson tutors students in kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade.

For AmeriCorps Week, Edieson took time to tell us why he’s motivated to serve and how he makes a difference at William S. Reyes Elementary School.

Why did you decide to join AmeriCorps?

Throughout my high school experience, I felt that I had not yet done something to be proud of. When I learned about AmeriCorps in my junior year, I couldn’t wait to turn seventeen so I could serve as an AmeriCorps member.

How do you make an impact as an AmeriCorps member?

I spend most of my time tutoring students from three different grade levels at William S. Reyes Elementary School. Additionally, with the help of my fellow AmeriCorps members, we lead an after-school reading program with 14 fourth grade students. We help these students improve their reading as well as their vocabulary, enhance their comprehension, and grow as responsible individuals.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through tutoring?

Mar 16, 2018

By Chester Spellman, Director of AmeriCorps

As we observe AmeriCorps Week 2018, we have the opportunity to remember the many different ways national service opens doors, expands opportunities, and strengthens communities across the nation.

For more than 20 years, this national service program has been a shining beacon, attracting those who looked within themselves and found a desire to give their time and energy to take on the challenges that our nation faces. And our members represent a cross-section of America, as young people from small towns to big cities and everywhere in between have taken the pledge to “get things done” for America.

What exactly does it mean to “get things done”?

It means answering the call for our citizens in need during natural and manmade disasters, providing hope and encouragement that there will be brighter days ahead in the long recovery process, even after they experience some of the darkest hours of their lives. 

It means that communities can take back streets lost to neglect, transforming abandoned spaces into places where people can walk or play without fear.

It means that children and young people can strive for academic achievements that open doors to opportunity, with encouragement from the days before kindergarten through high school and college graduation to put the American dream within reach.

It means accepting the responsibility of stewardship and acting as caretakers of the great natural beauty that our nation hosts from coast to coast and ensuring it can be experienced by future generations.

It means accepting the honor to serve our veterans and military families and show our support as a way to repay the sacrifices they have made for our security and freedom. It means all these things and more.

Mar 13, 2018

In July 2006, Olivia Padilla and her family of four moved into a Habitat for Humanity house in Aurora, Colorado. Prior to moving in, they were living in a small apartment surrounded by an unsafe community in Metro Denver. It was a big deal for Olivia and her family to finally have a home.

“I was only 9 at the time, but I remember one of my happiest moments was learning that we were going to have our own backyard. My siblings and I would finally get bikes to ride around the neighborhood without feeling unsafe,“ says Olivia.

Olivia now serves in AmeriCorps NCCC, a national service program for young adults, ages 18 to 24 years old. Members are placed on teams of eight to 12 and serve on various projects throughout a specified region of the country for months at a time. AmeriCorps NCCC teams address community priorities like conservation, urban and rural development, and disaster response.

“My passions in life are working outdoors, traveling, and helping people,” said Olivia.

Timelapse video of Olivia’s block under construction in 2006.

Mar 12, 2018

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