AmeriCorps Opening Day Ceremonies October 1

On October 1, 2010, at Opening Day ceremonies across America, 1,750 diverse young leaders of City Year will pledge to give a demanding year of full-time service and sacrifice to help students and schools succeed!

The 2010-2011 corps, the largest in the organization’s 22-year history, were selected from a record number of 8,400 applicants from across the United States to serve in City Year’s 20 U.S. locations.

City Year corps members serve full-time in high-poverty schools from the before the first bell – energetically greeting students each morning at the school house steps – providing high-impact tutoring and positive school climate activities throughout the day, and operating homework help and academic-based after-school programs that extend the learning day.

Ashley, Matt, Christine and Don McNeill in 2008 a the Louis Bennett Public Library in Weston, West Virginia.

At Success Won’t Wait, we’ve had first hand experience with this wonderful program. In 2008, we were contacted by Laura Ellison, an AmeriCorps teacher.

Laura was desperate for books for her assigned town, Weston, West Virginia. The result was a 5,000+ book donation to everyone from the senior center, to the local elementary and middle schools, to the county’s sole public library (pictured at right).

To learn more about our trip, click here. For more information on the ceremonies, please visit City Year

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