City Year dallas board chair & chairman and ceo of celanese corporation
RJS Membership Level: Platinum
Member Since: 2016
Supporter of: City Year Dallas
Mark Rohr played an instrumental role in bringing City Year to Dallas in 2015. As CEO and Chairman of Celanese since 2012, the Fortune 500 global technology and specialty company has delivered record earnings growth. Mark’s commitment to corporate social responsibility and volunteerism is reflected by his leadership in establishing the Celanese Foundation, an employee-led effort dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world.
What is your "Red Jacket Moment?"
A few years ago, I got involved in supporting efforts to help children with neurological disorders in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. City Year was active in both of those communities, and AmeriCorps members were helping to address the needs of students most at risk by taking a personal interest in each student they worked with, every day. I saw the very positive impact of near-peer mentoring of students who benefitted from extra attention. During my first school visit, I was struck by how happy the students were to be getting the support and attention of corps members, from early morning greetings, tutoring throughout the day, and afterschool programs. The students clearly loved it and that appreciation was easily seen in their attitudes and work.
Later, I met with foundations, educational leaders, the Mayor and local corporations involved in supporting education in Dallas. It was obvious that this city also cared about taking the tough steps needed to better support children most at risk and would benefit from having City Year – and that has been the case since City Year began serving in Dallas schools in 2015.
City Year Dallas AmeriCorps Member & Red jacket society ambassador
Serving Since: 2016
Serving At: The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, Celanese Team
What does wearing the City Year jacket mean to you?
My red jacket symbolizes the promise I make to my students every day, to help to empower them to challenge society’s stereotypes and be control of their own destiny. When community members see City Year AmeriCorps members in the jacket, they know we represent a sense of hope, unity and safety. After a ten-hour day of service, students often see me outside of school and they smile and recognize that those of us in uniform are there to support them.
The energized AmeriCorps members are the first thing they see when they get to school each day. Even though it's bright and early, there are lots of smiles, students laughing, dancing and singing along with the morning greeting. I serve because I believe that youth deserve to reach their full potential and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students in Dallas, along with my City Year team!