On Monday, CYLA held our 6th Annual MLK Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Over 1,000 volunteers gathered on the campus of Belmont High School, a City Year partner school, to transform the 90 year old campus in a matter of hours!

We were joined by a number of community groups and businesses including Starbucks, Disney, Sony, Los Angeles Dodgers Alumni, UCLA students, Loyola Marymount students, Yale University Alumni, and other AmeriCorps programs. We were also honored to be joined by local officials Monica Garcia, president, LAUSD Board of Education, and Jimmy Gomez, assembly member, 51st District.

By the end of the day, volunteers completed over 60 murals on the campus helping to encourage a college going culture and create a more welcoming environment for the school community.

“Education is the civil rights issue of our time,” said Samantha Avila, a corps member currently serving at Belmont. “It’s really inspiring to see the community come together to make Belmont a more engaging place for our students. I can’t wait for them to see the changes we’ve made today.”

Make sure to check out the awesome video recap below by CYLA corps member Ben Heider and browse through our gallery on Flickr for more on what the day looked like.


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