We’ve changed some things

Notice our new look? With a new service year comes a fresh approach to the way we keep people informed. We’ve changed the appearance of our monthly newsletter, our blog, our style — really just about everything. What hasn’t changed is the fact that our AmeriCorps members are excited to share their year of service with you.

Be on the lookout for some great content coming your way.

Serve on!

Celebrating 20 Years of AmeriCorps

Since its inception 20 years ago, AmeriCorps has engaged Americans in intensive service at nonprofits, schools and other community organizations throughout the country. More than 900,000 people have taken the AmeriCorps pledge, with over 20,000 committing to serve through City Year.

City Year AmeriCorps members from Sacramento, San José/Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles gather to celebrate.
City Year AmeriCorps members from Sacramento, San José/Silicon Valley, and Los Angeles gather to celebrate.

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AmeriCorps Alum serving third year with City Year Sacramento

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Kelly Besmer is in her third year serving communities across the United States.

Name: Kelly Besmer
Age: 22 years old
AmeriCorps Experience: NCCC FEMA Corps – North Central Region Base 2012-2013
City Year Sacramento – AmeriCorps Member 2013-2014
City Year Sacramento – Second Year AmeriCorps Member 2014-2015
Current School Service Site: Rosa Parks K-8
Team Sponsor: Bank of America

Why did you initially decide to take a year off of college and apply to become an AmeriCorps Member?

After completing my transfer degree from Bellevue College in 2012, I was not satisfied with my life. It felt stagnant and I could tell that without service it was incomplete! Yet, my intense focus on college classes and my job was limiting my ability to serve my country with an open heart and open mind… Continue reading

City Year Sacramento welcomes Deloitte executive Julie Quinn to advisory board

Julie Quinn, Deloitte's Sacramento Managing Director
Julie Quinn, City Year Sacramento’s newest advisory board member

City Year Sacramento is pleased to welcome its newest advisory board member, Julie Quinn. The advisory board comprises community leaders committed to increasing City Year’s impact in our region.

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UC Riverside Grad Takes On a Second Year of Service

Rajinder Dhaliwal - City Year SacramentoName: Rajinder Dhaliwal
Age: 23
College: University of California Riverside
Major: Political Science with a minor in English
School Site: Sacramento Charter High School

What made you apply to City Year?

During my time at college I never saw myself getting into the education field despite my years of tutoring at Badger Springs Middle School. As graduation approached I asked myself, “What do I want to do next year?” Continue reading

…if we are all in this together.

“Ubuntu ngumuntu ngamantu.” I am a person through other people. I am because you are. Without each other’s existence, there is no other.
– Zulu Proverb

City Year Academy – Ubuntu Night

12:09 a.m. — an interesting time to lie awake at City Year Summer Academy. The subway trains outside roll and grumble under Boston’s midnight sky while I stare upwards at a little painted constellation on my dorm room ceiling. Broken shapes of stars and crescents refer to a previous existence in this space and I wonder who that person could be. I also wonder about the thoughts of my fellow Team Leaders who may be just as restless as I am, thinking about the great social change we strive endlessly to achieve. Continue reading

Bill Clinton: Volunteering Can Unlock Young People’s Potential

Please read President Clinton’s incredible Op-Ed Article from the London Evening StandardImage which is shared below, or click here to see its original posting.  We truly appreciate the President’s continued support of City Year and the idea of National Service.

“In 1991, shortly after I announced my candidacy for President, I received an invitation to visit what was then a small Boston-based programme called City Year.

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