Family, friends, and champions came out to celebrate the City Year Boston corps as they completed their year of service at Graduation last Friday, June 15th at Northeastern University. After each serving 1,700 hours in classrooms or on physical service sites, corps members crossed the stage to receive their certificates with their school partners and corporate team sponsors. Along with their certificates, AmeriCorps members also earned a Segal Education Award (valued at $5,920) to use towards furthering their education or paying student loans.
Check out photos of the ceremony and graduates!
Sandra Lopez Burke, our Vice President & Executive Director, offered her gratitude to the corps for their continued dedication to show up for more than 12,000 students in 23 Boston Public Schools. In addition to recognizing all of our exceptional teams and their accomplishments, five corps members and one school team received awards for outstanding service:
Comcast Leadership Award – Sandy Fonseca Lopes, Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot K-8 School, sponsored by Bank of America
WilmerHale Civic Innovation Award – Michaella Coughlin, Boston Civic Engagement team; Jennifer McInerney, Condon K-8 School, sponsored by Advent International
John T. O’Connor Community Award – Carla Acosta, Chittick Elementary School, sponsored by CSX Transportation
Coolidge Citizenship Award – Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School, sponsored by Santander Bank
Bridge Builder AmeriCorps Member of the Year Award – Allison Peters, Boston Civic Engagement Team
Following recognitions, Madison Haftiz, City Year Boston's AmeriCorps member speaker, addressed her fellow corps members in a powerful speech. She shared her personal story of service and the difference she made for a Spanish-speaking student who needed extra care and support on his birthday the year prior. She shared how she carried that support to thousands more students this year as a member of the Boston Civic Engagement team, creating projects like positive hallway murals and test prep kits with encouragement and study tips. She encouraged her fellow corps members to cherish their moments of impact, draw strength from them, and use them to fuel their passions after City Year.
Like Madison, Isabel Barros, City Year Boston Alumni Board Chair, emphasized how the memories made and lessons learned stay with corps members well past their time in service.
“You don’t ever officially hang up your red jacket because your City Year experience will permeate the relationships you form, the work you do, and the ways you show up for your community for the rest of your life.”
- Isabel Barros, City Year Boston Alumni Board Chair
The ceremony concluded with Isabel leading the Class of 2018 in their alumni pledge, swearing them in as City Year alumni and leaders for life. Following the ceremony teams, family and friends celebrated with light refreshments and lot of selfies!
Congratulations to our 2017-18 AmeriCorps members, and thank you for your service to a cause greater than self. Thank you to all of our school partners and team sponsors for your continued support and belief in the power of young people.
If you or another passionate young person you know are interested in serving in a red jacket, consider joining the City Year Boston 2018-19 corps. Find more information about service in Boston and how to apply.