More than 20,000 young people have worn the City Year jacket.
For the students and schools we serve, it signifies hope and inspiration, caring and support.
In a special jacket ceremony each year, we ask City Year AmeriCorps members to dedicate their jacket to an individual or group of people that inspires them. Red Jacket Society members across the country are following this tradition and have dedicated their jackets.
I dedicate my jacket to all the children across the globe who we guide - we are their teachers. But also to my children because the greatest gift is our children.
I dedicate this jacket to my mother. Over 40 years ago, she started taking in foster children and has now had more than 200 foster children. She also taught me the value of service and the impact that you can have on people’s lives.
I dedicate my jacket to my sons, Hunter and Chase, who inspire me on a daily basis. I wish for them to always be happy and make a positive impact on society.
I dedicate my jacket to Myra Kraft who was a mentor and really inspired me to devote myself to volunteerism and leadership in the nonprofit community and philanthropy.
I dedicate my jacket to two people. One is a very dear family friend who is a current Corps member in Chicago, Lydia Mitchell, and another is one of the most amazing, inspiring, authentic people I’ve been exposed to through City Year, someone who embodies for me the spirit of City Year and the work that we all support as much if not more than anybody else - Charlie Rose.
I dedicate my jacket to my boss, David Mussafer, who 7 or 8 years ago took me aside and said you should really learn more about City Year – you might get something out of it.
I dedicate my jacket to a friend who in the past two years has suffered unspeakable loss. Despite that, she demonstrates resilience and courage and looks to bring out the best in people, similar to what the Corps members and City Year do everyday.
I dedicate my jacket to President Clinton who saw that AmeriCorps could do what it does and fund so many organizations like City Year and make it possible to do the work we do and change the lives of children every day.
I dedicate my jacket to students who we don’t serve. Because by joining the Red Jacket Society, one day we’re going to help them and give them hope. Hoping we get there soon - this is for them.
I dedicate my jacket to Michael Henderson, who I collected as a Big Brother from the Big Brother, Little Brother Organization in 1988. The youngest of eight children in a single parent household, Michael is now 32 years old and graduated from college. He has taught me more than anything I’ve ever learned.
I dedicate my jacket to the single moms and dads who are supported by our City Year Corps. They know that their kiddos are safe, well taken care of and loved by the Corps.
I dedicate my jacket to the underserved, to the Corps members who are imparting to the future generation, and to my family and children who are dedicated to service.
I dedicate my jacket to all of those little boys and girls who know they’re meant to become something special but don’t have a role model to help guide the way.
I dedicate one sleeve of my jacket to Andrew Hauptman and the other sleeve to Anna Lewis. The body of the jacket is for my 12-year-old daughter Katie for whom I hope this will be a great example.
As a Red Jacket Society member, who inspires you? Please email Haley Gordon Karl (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your jacket dedication quote.