The Visitor Program offers guests the opportunity to experience City Year’s work in action by visiting one of the six schools we partner with in Manchester. During a visit, each guest is shown a video presentation about City Year, given a guided tour of the school, participates in a roundtable discussion with two to four corps members and concludes with a debrief discussion with a City Year Staff Member. If you are interested in learning more about the program, contact Ricardo Esquivias at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 218-5085.
Hello! My name is Yulissa Hidalgo. I am 22 years old from New York City and I serve on the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Team at Beech Street Elementary School. Earlier this month, I had the privilege to partake in a Visitor Program welcoming Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Wendy Spencer is a long-standing supporter of City Year’s work and recognized for her leadership in promoting national and community service across the United States.
During her visit, about half my team had the opportunity to express our strong ties to service and share what we love about CY. Mrs. Spencer was genuine, inquisitive, and committed to learning more about us and what we do. I was honored to share why I serve, which is to provide urban youth with a connection to the arts and service. My motivation to serve comes from a familial tradition of helping others and my exposure to the performing arts during my undergraduate career.
Ted Gatsas, the Mayor of Manchester, joined us in Wendy’s Visitor Program and confidently stated, “It’s the red jackets” that are the unifying force among current and former City Year AmeriCorps members that kids depend on. This statement reminded me of our Opening Day Ceremony, where our entire corps stated their reasons to serve. Due to our diverse backgrounds, our reasons may have varied drastically, but our mission is consistent. Gatsas also mentioned that it was heart wrenching to watch the kids say their goodbyes to their City Years in June, signifying the dire need for this program to continue to thrive.
By the end of the Visitor Program, I felt empowered. City Year is not a job or an ordinary service experience. It is a state of mind; we commit ourselves wholeheartedly to a cause that will outlive us. We are all one City Year.