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.
– 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
– 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
– Seun Odueyungbo, 22, from Concord, NH
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