Why Volunteer Programs like City Year, Peace Corps & Teach for America Reward Children

Learn more about City Year’s full-time opportunities at www.cityyear.org.

Post by Jeff Franco, Executive Director, in Washington Post’s The Root DC

Jeff Franco has been the executive director of City Year Washington, DC since 2008.

When I graduated from high school in 1988 & then college four years later, I never considered completing a year of volunteer service. I wasn’t familiar with the concept & none of my friends were volunteering either.

I knew of the Peace Corps, which would allow me to serve internationally, but AmeriCorps, through which I could do a year of service here in America, wasn’t created until 1993. Other programs like the Jesuit Volunteer CorpsCity Year & Teach for America were offering young people the opportunity to do a year of full-time service in the United States, but in the early 1990s they were all relatively unknown & small.

Thankfully, times have changed. Young people today want to give back in real and significant ways & more than ever are choosing a year of service as their way to make an impact. In fact, the number of applications to many service programs has skyrocketed in the last few years. AmeriCorps applications grew from 91,399 in 2008 to 258,829 in 2010 & applications to City Year nearly tripled from 3,500 in 2008 to 9,200 in 2011…
CLICK HERE for Jeff Franco’s full article on Washington Post’s The Root DC. 

City Year unites diverse 17-24 year olds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills & opportunities to change the world. In over 20 U.S. cities & locally in 14 DC Public Schools, these young leaders help get at-risk students back on track to graduation by working to improve their attendance, behavior & course performance.


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