Saturday March 28th was a spectacular night as City Year New Hampshire celebrated 15 years of serving the Granite State. The Wentworth ballroom was packed…packed with history, memories, love, laughter, admiration for the corps members and their work and great respect for the Bridge Builder Award Recipients.
The event was Co-Chaired by Senator Kelly Ayotte and Paul Montrone. Senator Ayotte announced that she has filed Amendment 491 to the Senate Budget Resolution. The amendment which was passed by unanimous consent just the day before the event was to protect the funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Pawn Nitichan, Executive Director powerfully and eloquently connected her own personal story with Robert Putnam’s theory on opportunity gap in his new book, Our Kids, The American Dream in Crisis and with City Year’s work across the country. Pawn challenged each person in the audience to truly commit to making the American Dream possible for all kids and all families.
The evening also featured:
- Corps members’ performances - their impact stories and amazing singing, spoken word and poetry - both inspired and impressed everyone in the room.
- An incredible tribute video that honored 15 individuals who have made a significant impact on the site's history and success (see full list below), and each was presented a City Year red jacket as their 15th Anniversary Bridge Builder Award. The room was packed with fans of each of these award winners - and of so many others who are responsible for what this site has achieved over the years.
- Michael and Carlee – 4th and 5th graders from Manchester who asked the audience to donate to City Year! They said they “could not imagine a world without City Year, it would be terrible and boring!” An alumnus, Andy Schafer joined them on the stage to share his story and also asked audience to support City Year.
This year’s event was made possible by the generous support of presenting sponsors; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Heinemann, Perspecta Trust, and national gala sponsor Bain Capital, platinum sponsors; Bank of New Hampshire and Eastern Bank, as well as many other event sponsors.
The Bridge Builder Award recipients were:
Geraldine and John Cerullo
Major General (Ret.) Kenneth Clark
Mayor Ted Gatsas
Senator Judd Gregg and Kathy Gregg
Dr. Debra Livingston
Alderman Daniel O’Neil
Kerri St. Jean
Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Late Kimon Zachos (in recognition of his lifetime of leadership and service)
To enjoy some photos from our 2015 event: Click Here
City Year is an education focused AmeriCorps program that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time, team based service to help keep students in school and on track to graduate successfully. City Year New Hampshire corps members serve primarily in six elementary schools in Manchester, NH. Corps members are with students from the first bell in the morning through the close of their after-school program. They address the academic and socio-emotional needs of students who are falling off-track in their ABCs - Attendance, Behavior, and Course completion in math or English. City Year's inspiration and dedication is to help get at least 50% of these students back on track to graduate successfully.