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By Tatiana Johnson, City Year Headquarters

“Hello, I’m Mr. Johnson and I am going to invest in you as much as you want me to.” This is how Le’otis Boswell-Johnson introduced himself to Devin*, an eighth-grade student at The Leadership Academies at Eugene J. Butler Middle School, on the first day of school.

Though Devin was one of the many students that Boswell-Johnson worked with as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Jacksonville, Fla., the two developed a special bond while Le’otis served as a tutor, mentor, role model, and friend to the young man during the past year.

When Boswell-Johnson first met Devin, the student was disengaged in the classroom and struggled with his English language arts coursework. As Le’otis began to build a connection with Devin, the student’s grades improved and his confidence grew.

When asked about his relationship with Boswell-Johnson, Devin said proudly, “He changed my life.” Le’otis says that he always believed Devin could be successful—the student just needed to realize it for himself.

A Commitment to Student Success

Boswell-Johnson’s impact on Devin is just one example of how City Year AmeriCorps members are committed to student success. In recognition of Le’otis’ service to his school, students, and community, he earned the 2018 Eli. J. Segal Bridge Builder Award, which honors one outstanding City Year AmeriCorps member every year for their commitment to building healthy communities through service and embodying the program’s values.


Boswell-Johnson’s manager Lindsay Rose said that Le'otis is “a model AmeriCorps member whose influence on his team is profound.”

Aug 16, 2018

By Tatiana Johnson, City Year Headquarters

“Hello, I’m Mr. Johnson and I am going to invest in you as much as you want me to.” This is how Le’otis Boswell-Johnson introduced himself to Devin...


By Barbara Stewart 
CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

Volunteering has been a part of the nation’s fabric even before the United States declared its independence 242 years ago. In the spirit of that ethic of service, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is proud to uphold the tradition of volunteering to keep America strong and make it a better place for all people. 

At CNCS, we are guided by a simple mission: to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. This year 300,000 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers – ranging from teenagers to centenarians and every age in between – are giving their time and energy to address some of the nation’s greatest challenges. 

What does that mean for the national service members who will help millions of Americans this year? 

Jul 3, 2018

Yay Us! CNCS Videos Win 3 Telly Awards

The Corporation for National and Community Service recently won three 2018 Telly Awards for videos the agency produced to showcase our initiatives. Our “AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program: Making Detroit Safer” video took home Silver and Bronze Tellys in the “General - Social Issues” and “General - Documentary” categories, respectively. The “Getting Things Done After Hurricane Harvey” video also received a Bronze Telly in the “General - Documentary” category. The Tellys honor the best work in television and video, and the winners were chosen from more than 12,000 entries submitted from all 50 states and five continents. 

Congratulations to our national service members and our creative team for “getting things done” with award-winning service.

Jun 7, 2018

It’s been a few months since the Office of Research & Evaluation (ORE) first introduced the seven grantees who received 2017 AmeriCorps State and National Evidence-based Planning Grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Since then, the organizations have continued the planning process and begun early implementation of their programs that leverage AmeriCorps members to make a local impact and address pressing societal needs.

In our second blog, we catch up with these grantees to get the scoop on the progress made in program development, to understand their current priorities, and to learn about opportunities and obstacles they encountered along the way. 

Antioch University

Antioch University is using its CNCS grant to explore an alliance with the Job Corps program that enhances career preparation in the health and science field, where participants practice their newly learned skills as AmeriCorps members.

The university is currently in a “reconnaissance phase” of program development, gathering information and identifying potential resources for the AmeriCorps partnership. Antioch University is specifically looking into the compatibility of apprenticeships, vocational schools, and community and small colleges to better transition program graduates. These types of offerings are important for the alignment of the curricula, as well as for building connections between opportunity youth and pathways to success after AmeriCorps service. For example, an ongoing review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research documents and training materials has yielded valuable information and training resources, which also helps identify potential business and industry opportunities in the program areas.

Jun 1, 2018
Prepare now for storms that could affect your area

The 2018 Hurricane Season begins on June 1. Last year, we witnessed an unprecedented hurricane season that communities in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be recovering from for years to come. Never before has it been so important for those in hurricane-prone areas to share information about preparedness to help save lives and protect their communities.

What can you do to get ready?

Powerful hurricanes can affect communities beyond coastal areas. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes, and flooding can be felt hundreds of miles inland, potentially causing loss of life and catastrophic damage to property. It only takes one to change your life and your community. As Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac remind us, it is not just major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) that we need to worry about. All hurricanes could potentially cause significant damage. 

Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps people can take to get ready for hurricane season.

Know Your Risk

Find out today what types of impacts could happen where you live. 

To search for general information about risks in your area, visit and search for your state. Check out NOAA’s historical hurricane tracks tool for the severity and frequency of past hurricanes in your area.

Get Prepared

Take action now to be prepared for hurricane season. As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communications plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.

May 31, 2018

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