I dedicate my jacket to my wife, Kristen, who helped start City Year 28 years ago. Our children have chosen their paths because of you.
Kristen Atwood (Boston)
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.
Bill Calvert (Columbus)
I dedicate my jacket to our Corps members that are giving a year of their lives to make Columbus a better place.
Reed Chisholm (Boston)
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.
Tanya Crawford (Columbus)
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.
Sally Dornaus (Boston)
I dedicate my jacket to my sister who works in the New York family courts - those children see the benefit of the City Year New York Corps members every day.
Sandy Edgerley (National Chair)
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.
Diane Exter (Boston)
I dedicate my jacket to the corps members who I always find so inspiring. They’ve given a year of their life to make a difference in these schools.
Michael Gilligan (Boston)
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.
Jennifer Granger (Sacramento)
I dedicate my jacket to the people of Sacramento who have given me a platform to do impactful work within the community.
Anne Holloway (San Jose)
I dedicate my jacket to my grandmother, aunt, and mother for raising me and giving me the support that I needed.
Stephen Hoffmeister (Boston)
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.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter (Boston)
I dedicate my jacket to the power of idealism. Even when it seems to be waning it will come back stronger than ever if all us of do our part.
Dianne Ledingham (Boston)
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.
Eran Lobel (Boston)
My parents were immigrants and they taught us the importance of family, friends and philanthropy. I dedicate my jacket to my dad who died young of cancer.
Sue Lock (New Hampshire)
I dedicate my jacket to my daughters in the hope that this is a role model of what they will do.
Sharon Matthews (San Jose)
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.
Ana Mari Ortega (Miami)
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.
Laura Poche (Baton Rouge)
I dedicate my jacket to Paul and Gregory Boyle, founders of Homeboy Industries. And to City Year, who exemplifies the concept of compassionate empathy.
David Rosener (Washington, DC)
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.
Nora and Jeff Smith (Chicago)
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.
Julie Teel (Sacramento)
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.
Gordon Trafton (Denver)
I dedicate my jacket to Tracy Valentine who showed me the way and how I could have an impact in a whole different area that I never thought possible.
Shoshana Vernick (Chicago)
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.
Andy Viens (Providence)
I dedicate my jacket to Jonathan Lavine who inspired me to become part of City Year and whose selflessness and service should stand as an inspiration to others.
Michael Walsh (Los Angeles)
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.
Mariann Youniss (Boston)
I dedicate my jacket to AmeriCorps member Carl Haber working at the Burke High School in Boston. I know you are going to make a difference.