City Year Sacramento hosted the newest Leadership Sacramento class at Rosa Parks K-8 School for a school visit on February 12, 2015. School visits provide the unique opportunity for community members to see City Year’s mission in action. Facilitated by City Year Sacramento staff members and AmeriCorps volunteers, the day exceeded expectations and provided in-depth information about service.

As a year-long program that serves to provide a behind the scenes understanding of issues that impact the local region, Leadership Sacramento, sponsored by the Sacramento Metro Chamber,  coordinates a day each month for its current class members to attend and learn about a chosen topic. 

February’s class focused on Sacramento nonprofits and their respective missions. As one of the nonprofits of choice, City Year planned a visit to Rosa Parks for the Leadership Sacramento class to learn about its AmeriCorps members and the students they serve. 

The class began their morning in the school’s library with an overview of City Year given by Executive Director Jake Mossawir and City Year Program Manager Macey McKinney, who serves at Rosa Parks.

After, the class split into smaller groups and were given tours around the school’s campus. These small groups gave the leadership class the chance to ask more specific questions about the services provided by the AmeriCorps members, and learn the history of the corps’ presence at Rosa Parks. 

The tour ended back in the school’s library where the leadership class sat down with more members of the Rosa Parks’ team and were able to ask questions about each of their unique City Year experiences. 

“Corps members love sharing about their service” said Jade Millburn, City Team Leader at Rosa Parks K-8. “When the corps members share their stories of service they provide community members, like those in Leadership Sacramento, with a unique opportunity to better understand the students served in the City Year program.”

Through the sharing of their stories, the AmeriCorps members were able to emphasize the impact City Year can have and the importance of continuing its presence in Sacramento schools.

In addition to City Year, Leadership Sacramento also heard from Executive Director and Founder of Bridget’s Dream, Leah Albright - Byrd. Bridget’s Dream provides comprehensive services to victims of human trafficking and their families, while bringing awareness to the community, and advocating for systematic change.

“By coming together to share our two organizations' respective missions with this group of community leaders, it helps to paint a picture of both the needs and services that exist in this community and by how working together we can affect change,” said Jake Mossawir, City Year Executive Director and Leadership Sacramento Alum.

After just three years at Rosa Parks K-8, this change is evident in the students being served by the City Year AmeriCorps team. With the help and investment of community organizations such as Leadership Sacramento, we look to continue to affect change for years to come. 

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