Written by Jonathan Kirsch, 20 years old, from Bedford, NH serving at Parker-Varney Elementary School co-sponsored by Dartmouth-Hitchcock and TJX Companies.
Big Citizenship is a central tenet of City Year, and we craft citizens in ingenious ways. The Founding Fathers believed that an educated population was essential to a participatory democracy, and they placed great value on education. By working with students to keep them on track to graduate, City Year does its part to keep America’s future generations educated.
But at the same time, City Year utilizes young people to accomplish this goal, knowing that the youth have the potential to start a movement. By engaging us in this way, we not only get the chance to participate in service, but we also demonstrate to our students that service is something they can participate in as well. We engage two generations at once — the college-aged, and the children.
I will get things done for America — to make our people safer, smarter and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will get things done.
One of City Year’s primary objectives is to not only build a site or an organization, but to build a community, and a culture of national service. If you ever see us working on a service project, feel free to drop by and say hello! We’re always eager to meet the people of our communities, and we look forward to inspiring others to join the cause of community service.