Building a Movement

Jon Neuhaus, City Year Boston ‘91, '94
City Year Los Angeles ASSOCIATES Board Member and RJS Chair
Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management

RJS Membership Level: Platinum
Member since: 2015
Supporter of: City Year Los Angeles

Jon Neuhaus, an alumnus of City Year Boston who, as a college student, also aided start-up efforts at City Year Chicago and City Year San Jose, was instrumental in bringing City Year to Los Angeles in 2007. He currently serves on CYLA’s Associates Board and as the site’s RJS Chair, and is Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor at Morgan Stanley.

In November 2017, Jon became the first City Year alumnus to become a Platinum-level member of the Red Jacket Society.

Jon "Newy" Neuhaus at the Red Jacket Society Leadership Conference

Jon "Newy" Neuhaus at the Red Jacket Society Leadership Conference

Jon with City Year President, Jim Balfanz and City Year Senior Vice President of Team Leadership, Stephen Spaloss

Jon with City Year President, Jim Balfanz and City Year Senior Vice President of Team Leadership, Stephen Spaloss

Why is being part of the Red Jacket Society important to you?

I come from a middle class family – my mother was a teacher and my father was a minister – and many of my educational opportunities were made possible by the generosity of others, including scholarships. Extending the opportunity for others to serve is vital - for the AmeriCorps members who dedicate a year of their lives, for the students, schools and communities City Year serves, and for the entire country as we help to develop the next generation of civic-minded leaders.

City Year’s core mission -- of inspiring and helping young people, and helping mend society’s fabric -- remains as central as it was 27 years ago. I saw this in-person yet again while attending the recent Red Jacket Society Leadership Conference. When I served in 1990-1991, City Year was still something of an experiment. Today, it is a movement.

Because City Year has been so inspirational to me, because I believe in its mission to help others, and because educating our young people is empowering, I was humbled to make a donation that will result in a team serving in a school in Los Angeles.

If we can successfully bring in and support 10,000 City Year AmeriCorps members through the Red Jacket Society, think of the lives touched and changed forever and the ripples these opportunities will create in high-need schools and communities across the country. That goal is both compelling and immeasurable. As a City Year alumnus, I know first-hand how critically important national service is, and it’s a privilege to be a part of City Year’s next chapter.

Abraham Galan, City Year Los Angeles ’17, ‘18
City Year Los Angeles Team Leader & Red Jacket Society Ambassador

Serving Since: 2016
Serving At: Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy

City Year Los Angeles Team Member Abraham Galan, 22, is from Carson, California and graduated from Whittier College in 2016. He plans to attend graduate school and become a high school counselor in high-need communities.

City Year Los Angeles Team Member Abraham Galan, 22, is from Carson, California and graduated from Whittier College in 2016. He plans to attend graduate school and become a high school counselor in high-need communities.

Abraham speaking at City Year Los Angeles's Opening Day

Abraham speaking at City Year Los Angeles's Opening Day

What is your favorite part of being a City Year AmeriCorps member?

My favorite part is being able to serve in the Watts community in Los Angeles at schools that are similar to the ones I attended. I always see a piece of myself in the students I serve – from the elementary students I worked with at 122nd St Elementary School last year, to the high school students at Locke, where I am serving this year.

I dedicate my yellow City Year jacket to all of my peers who would have benefitted from City Year or another positive role model when we were growing up but who didn’t have that chance, and to all the students I am serving at City Year, in the hopes that I am the positive role model that they need.

 


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