14th Annual Opening Day Ceremony!

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On Wednesday, September 27th, City Year New Hampshire celebrated its 14th Opening Day Ceremony at Manchester’s Central High School, bringing together an audience of parents, sponsors, alumni and community leaders, to celebrate 50 passionate young AmeriCorps members pledging a year of their lives to full-time service.  This intimate ceremony included remarks from Mayor Ted Gatsas and Asisstant Superintendent of Manchester Schools, Mr. David Ryan, whose words brought to light their confidence in young people to provide opportunities for students at risk to succeed and be life-long learners.

Every year at City Year New Hampshire’s Opening Day, there is a very special portion of the ceremony when each corps member gets to share their personal reason for serving. Called “Why I Serve” statements, each young idealist takes the stage, speaking from the heart about what brought them to City Year New Hampshire. It truly speaks to the level of commitment these young people demonstrate as they put on their red jackets each day. For some, service is a movement while to others, it represents a voice of positive change.  To share a few, here are a couple “why I serve” statements presented at the ceremony.

DSC_0230“I serve to build bridges among individuals, institutions, communities, and cultures, so that we may join hands in making the world a better place.”

– Ian Umphrey, 19, from Spearfish, SD

“I serve because it’s an opportunity to educate people around me about how important it is to give back.” – Paige Tucker, 22, from Chelmsford, MA

CYNH Opening Day 2013-09-25 100“I serve, because every individual deserves the same opportunity to tap into their full potential.”

– Joshua Merritt, 24, from San Francisco, CA

“I serve because I believe in being the change I want to see.” – Liz Curette, 23, from Hampstead, NH

DSC_0236“I serve because I believe in a brilliant future.”

– Seun Odueyungbo, 22, from Concord, NH

Click here to view photos of our event.


About CityYear NH

City Year is a nonprofit that unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods across the US and in South Africa. For more information on how to get involved please call the City Year New Hampshire Recruitment hotline at 603-218-5101.
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