Happy 2019! 

I hope you and your family had a lovely holiday and are ready for a fantastic new year. At the beginning of the school year our City Year AmeriCorps Members prepare for their year of service by reciting the City Year Pledge. As I have been thinking about my new year's resolutions for 2019 I hope to be more like the idealistic young people that serve at City Year. I wanted to share the City Year Pledge with you in hopes that it will inspire you and your aspirations for 2019. 

I pledge to serve to the very best of my ability,
to honor the rules and expectations of City Year,
to respect my colleagues and the people and
communities we serve,
to provide excellent service,
to lead by example and be a role model to children,
to celebrate the diversity of people, ideas and
 around me,
to serve with an open heart and an open mind,
to be quick to help and slow to judge,
to do my best to make a difference in the lives of
, and
to build a stronger community, nation and world,
for all of us.

With gratitude,
Sarah Roberson
Vice President and Executive Director
Red Jacket Ball 2019
Honoring Superintendent Mike Poore

Superintendent Mike Poore fires up the crowd at the 2018 Red Jacket Ball.
City Year is pleased to announce our 2019 Red Jacket Ball Lifetime of Service Award recipient as Superintendent Mike Poore. We are delighted to present this honor to Mr. Poore not only for his work in Little Rock, but his commitment to support academic achievement for all students throughout his career. The event will be held on April 11, 2019 at the Statehouse Convention Center. For more information on the event including how to support, please visit our website
Success Without Stress

Students at Hall High School make stress balls at an after school event.
Students at Hall High School were recently invited to an after school event with their City Year team designed to help them learn how to manage stress. Corps Members led the students in relaxing craft activities such as making stress balls and face masks. Everyone then unwound and enjoyed a movie. Because stress can negatively affect learning, social-emotional initiatives such as these, in addition to academic initiatives, play a role in helping students succeed.
ACM Spotlight: Andrew Horbury

City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Member Andrew Horbury serves at Cloverdale Middle School.
Why did you choose to join City Year Little Rock?
I was not happy with what I was doing at the time, and I wanted to get back into volunteer work. City Year gave me a chance to help young people reach their full potential, and I never looked back.

Talk about your experience traveling away from home.
I moved 700 miles for this opportunity, and I have found the Little Rock community to be kind and welcoming.

What do you expect to get out of your year of service?
I expect to gain experience working with children, the satisfaction that comes with knowing I have helped my students realize their full potential, and the chance to better myself as a person.

How has City Year affected you so far?
City Year has given me an improved understanding of how the American education system works, taught me a great deal about patience, and most importantly, City Year has allowed me to improve my communication skills.

Tell about a struggle you have faced/are facing as an AmeriCorps Member.
When I first arrived, I struggled to understand just how difficult the lives of many of my students are.

What has been your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps Member?
There is nothing in this world as exciting as the moment a student finally grasps a topic they were struggling with.