The application deadline for City Year — the team-based AmeriCorps program that focuses on youth development and mentoring — closes in a little over a week. Today’s guest blogger is Michael Messina, from City Year.
So what are you doing next year? Thinking about making a difference?
The final application deadline for City Year is May 31. If you are interested in serving with the 2009-2010 City Year corps, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible. City Year has received a record number of applications this year – part of a larger trend of young people volunteering in record numbers. Applications to the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps have soared while organizations like Teach for America and Public Allies have also seen a significant spike in applications.
“Volunteering is not such a casual thing anymore. It’s part of our lifestyle…giving back is our own way of being empowered to create a positive change within the community,” says Kathryn Yaros, a student at University of Michigan-Dearborn, United Way team leader, quoted in ‘Civic generation’ rolls up sleeves in record numbers, by Andrea Stone, USA Today.
Can anyone apply to City Year? You need to be between 17 and 24 years old and ready to commit 10 months of full-time service for children and communities across the country. For more on eligibility see who we are looking for.
Want to learn more about City Year? Below are some links to get you started. You can also find City Year on Facebook and twitter. There are more links to City Year’s online communities on right side of the page —->
Know a 17-24 year old that wants to make a difference? You can share, post or reblog this through May 31. You can also click the image above and post to your blog or profile. Thanks for your support and good luck to those of you that are applying to City Year!