Oct 12, 2012

City Year Orlando Opening Day


City Year Orlando celebrates an official Opening Day Ceremony at Universal CityWalk. Dozens of City Year corps members will serve in five schools throughout Orange County Public Schools in its inaugural year. City Year is an education-focused, national organization that unites young adults for a year of service in high-need urban schools. Orlando is City Year’s newest site where AmeriCorps members serve as tutors, mentors, and role models for students who need extra support and attention.
 
The presence of City Year corps members in our schools will be a tremendous support to our students as we lead them to success,” noted Superintendent Barbara Jenkins.

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Superintendent Barbara Jenkins, and Chairman Bill Sublette joined David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast NBC Universal, Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year and 50 local City Year AmeriCorps members at Universal CityWalk to kick-off the inaugural service year. Mayor Buddy Dyer also brought greetings to the corps via video.

“City Year corps members choose to serve where the need is greatest,” said Spencer, who was appointed this year by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, after serving as CEO of Volunteer Florida. “That’s what I love about City Year. You roll up your sleeves and you represent the very best of America – that enduring spirit of service.”
 
“City Year is a critical component to our ongoing efforts to give every student in Orange County access to the world-class education that they deserve,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.  “The energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by the City Year corps members help focus the students on their coursework, and makes school an inviting place to be for kids who need it most.”
 
“We are proud to have City Year in Orlando to help students and schools succeed,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.  The City looks forward to seeing the results that will undoubtedly come from these young leaders who are there to serve the students who need them the most.  We are very grateful to welcome these committed young adults who dedicating a year of full time service to help our students succeed.”
 
In 24 communities across the United States, and through two international affiliates in London and Johannesburg, these diverse young leaders help turn around high-need schools and keep students in school and on track to succeed by working to improve their attendance, behavior and course performance. Orlando is City Year’s third Florida community. 
 
“We are proud to welcome City Year Orlando to the City Year network, and its 50 corps members to our national corps that is 2,500 strong. Together, they are helping students and schools succeed,” said City Year Co-Founder and national CEO, Michael Brown. “We are inspired by the leadership of the Orlando community who worked so hard to make City Year Orlando a reality.”