LG LANDRIEU RECIEVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN FOUNDING CITY YEAR LOUISIANA -- 06/17/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, June 17, 2006
LG LANDRIEU RECIEVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN FOUNDING CITY YEAR LOUISIANA
Touts role of Citizen Service in LA's recovery; President Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg also Speak at New York Conference
New York, NY - On Friday, June 16, 2006, Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu received a national award for his role in founding City Year Louisiana - an affiliate of a national youth service organization that engages young adults in a year of full-time community service. Under the leadership of Landrieu and City Year President Jennifer Eplett Reilly, City Year Louisiana is the fastest growing in the program's history and City Year corps members are playing an important role in the state's rebuild post-Katrina and Rita.
"As of April, more than 90,000 volunteers have contributed to the rebirth of our great state," Landrieu said at City Year's annual convention held at Columbia University in New York City. "The American spirit of service is alive and well in Louisiana, and citizen service will help fuel our recovery."
Landrieu was honored with the "Be the Change: Comcast Leadership Award," named from Gandhi's famous quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." As part of a tribute to Louisiana City Year, Landrieu called corps members to the stage, saying, "This is what the spirit of service looks like in Louisiana." The group received a standing ovation.
In remarks, Landrieu outlined important initiatives and progress in helping the state maximize volunteer interest:
ABOUT CITY YEAR'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE City Year's annual convention of idealism, cyzygy (siz-i-gee), brings together more than 1,500 City Year corps members, staff, and alumni with hundreds of corporate, civic, and community leaders to demonstrate the power of citizen service and its potential to change the world--one child, one neighborhood, one country at a time.
Every year the convention takes place in a different city hosting a City Year site, and this year the convention is in New York for the first time. The five-day conference is packed with events featuring prominent speakers, excursions throughout New York, and "unity rallies" at which more than one thousand uniformed corps members unite in spirited exercises.
The convention concludes with a Day of Service on Saturday June 17, during which thousands of corps members, alumni, volunteers, and supporters will serve in the Bronx and Harlem to revitalize parks, renovate play areas, and build community gardens.
FEATURED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
ABOUT CITY YEAR City Year unites a diverse corps of young adults, ages 17 to 24, for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement. City Year creates active citizens and inspires social entrepreneurs, and provides young leaders with the tools to improve their communities.
Started as a 50 person pilot program in Boston in 1988, City Year has since grown to more than 1200 Corps members at 16 sites in the United States and 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sites include Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Columbia, SC; Columbus; Detroit; Little Rock; Louisiana; New Hampshire; New York; Greater Philadelphia; Rhode Island; San Antonio; San Jose/Silicon Valley; Seattle/King County; South Africa, and Washington, D.C. Lead investors in City Year include Bank of America, Comcast, CSX, The Timberland Company and T-Mobile. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps. Visit www.cityyear.org for more information.
City Year Corps members, serving as AmeriCorps members, meet critical needs by mentoring and tutoring students; engaging high school, middle school and elementary school students in service; providing after school programs; and leading transformative physical service projects, such as painting murals, planting community gardens, creating playgrounds and renovating community facilities. Each corps member who completes 1,700 hours of service earns a $4,725 AmeriCorps higher education award.