City Year NH AmeriCorps members graduate after year of service in highest-need city schools

70 City Year AmeriCorps members joined national effort to raise the graduation rate

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City Year New Hampshire 2017 Graduating Corps.

MANCHESTER, NH –  On June 16, 2017, City Year New Hampshire honored its AmeriCorps members,during a graduation ceremony at the Palace Theater in Manchester, for over 112,000 hours of collective service as tutors, mentors and role models to over 4,000 students at risk of falling off track, in eight of Manchester’s highest-poverty public elementary schools.

City Year is a national education-focused non-profit that helps students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school through support in attendance, behavior, and English language arts and math course work. Since City Year New Hampshire was founded in 2000, the organization has had a powerful impact on the lives of many students in the granite state. This year, 100 percent of principals reported that City Year AmeriCorps members serve as positive role models, and 93 percent also believe City Year’s presence has a great deal of positive impact on the overall school climate.

City Year AmeriCorps members with their certificates, left to right Jess Stern, Emily Kuczka, Joanna Perron.

“City Year firmly believes that all children should have the opportunity to meet their potential—it’s critical for our community, our economy, and our nation’s future,” said City Year New Hampshire Executive Director Pawn Nitichan. “We are very proud of our City Year AmeriCorps members. Their passion and hard-work helped bridge the opportunity gaps for our struggling students. I also want to be sure to thank and appreciate our many partners and funders who helped make this year a great success.”

Senator Maggie Hassan joined City Year New Hampshire to serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker, while Mayor Ted Gatsas, and Kerri St. Jean of Comcast NBC Universal also addressed the crowd of more than 250 friends, family and community members of the graduating City Year AmeriCorps members.

Senator: Senator Hassan and Sravani Kumar, City Year AmeriCorps member from Nashua, NH.

Senator Hassan shared, “Congratulations to the 2017 City Year New Hampshire corps graduates, and thank you for the time and energy you have invested in New Hampshire’s youngest citizens. I look forward to continuing to work together to build a stronger, more inclusive New Hampshire and America, where all of our citizens have the opportunity to thrive.”

City Year AmeriCorps member, Alysa Hemcher, was presented with the Comcast NBCUniversal Spirit of City Year Award for her unwavering dedication to City Year New Hampshire, embodiment of the values and ideals of City Year, demonstration of exemplary commitment to spirit, discipline, purpose and pride, and as an inspiration to her fellow AmeriCorps members to also strive for these values.

Spirit of City Year Year: Award Winner Alysa Hemcher with Comcast NBCUniversal representative and City Year Board member, Kerri St. Jean.

For more information on Graduation please contact Ted Wing at 603-218-5100 or twing@cityyear.org. To learn more about City Year, visit www.cityyear.org.

 

City Year is an education-focused organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. City Year partners with public schools in 26 urban, high-poverty communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and Johannesburg, South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide support, to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is made possible by support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, school district partnerships, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. Learn more at www.cityyear.org.