City Year Seeks Young People to Make a Difference

Posted by on May 6, 2005

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Do you know a young person who has the energy and determination to make the world a better place? Are they looking for a way to make a difference? Do you find yourself asking how young people can channel their enthusiasm and idealism toward productive goals and objectives? Then you should learn more about City Year Greater Philadelphia, and share the information with every 17-24 year old you know!

City Year is a unique youth service organization that engages young people in full-time initiatives throughout the City of Philadelphia. These young leaders serve in teams, tutoring and mentoring students, leading outdoor service projects, and brining communities together through the concept of community service and civic engagement. Through this intensive and challenging process, corps members receive training and develop critical leadership, management and communications skills that are exactly what future admissions offices and employers look forin candidates. The City Year experience also develops these young leaders as individuals, as they serve in diverse teams and help to break down social barriers and unite individuals and organizations for the common good. Corps members who complete the program also receive $4725 that can be used to further their education. City Year is a win-win-win: the children who get the attention of these corps members win by getting the help they need; the corps members themselves get invaluable experience for the workplace and for life; and the broader community wins, because City Year’s model of service unites and connects the community and builds a commitment to resolving political, social and economic challenges.

City Year’s Mission
To put idealism to work by tapping the civic power of young people for an annual campaign of idealism.

City Year’s Goals
To generate transformative community service, break down social barriers, inspire citizens to civic action, develop new leaders for the common good, and improve and promote the concept of voluntary national service.

City Year’s Vision
That one day the most commonly asked question of a young person is, "Where are you going to do your community service year?"

If you do know an idealistic 17-24 year old – refer them to City Year! We have information sessions at our Center City office (2221 Chestnut Street) each Wednesday at 6pm. Please feel free to pass this info on to anyone who might be interested!

Arizona Senator John McCain said it best, "To cynics who lament that idealism is dead in America, I say come and see City Year."

For more information about City Year Greater Philadelphia or any of the other fifteen sites, or to RSVP for an information session, please contact George Deveney at 267-386-7050 or via email at [email protected].

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