AmeriCorps Opening Day October 7

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Join us as City Year Little Rock hosts AmeriCorps Opening Day!

AmeriCorps Members from across the state, including 54 City Year AmeriCorps Members, will take the pledge to commit their next 10 months to service. These dedicated citizens will gather to celebrate their journey and look forward to the lives they will impact. All are welcome to attend as we honor the commitment of these remarkable people.

Friday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201

Please RSVP to Rebecca Smithson at 501-707-1402 or email

City Year Little Rock Begins Partnership with Hall High

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City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Members collaborate with teachers at Hall High's Ninth Grade Academy

By City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Members Mike Long & Chloe Showalter

City Year’s inaugural year at Hall High School started off on the right foot with a warm reception from the faculty, staff, and students. Beginning with a cheer of “FIRED UP!” at the teacher professional development session the week before school began, City Year AmeriCorps Members left a positive impression on everyone. While students are still getting used to City Year culture—their morning power greeting responses range from smiles to rolled eyes—students are getting more involved every day. Partner teachers are appreciative of the enthusiasm and extra hands corps members are bringing into the classroom. Many teachers have been going out of their way offer hospitality - one science teacher let corps members hold the classroom snakes!

Leigh Walters, communications teacher and head of the Ninth Grade Academy said “[City Year AmeriCorps Members] have been so helpful and have established great relationships with our students. We look forward to a great experience.”

Hall High School faces its own challenges not faced by other area high schools. Unlike the other high schools CYLR serves with, Hall High School has a large population of students who speak English as their second language. Luckily, a few members of the Hall High City Year team are Spanish speakers and have been indispensable when trying to reach out to these students.

City Year looks forward to continuing a fabulous relationship with Hall High for the next year and foreseeable future.

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Garrett Lawson

Garrett.jpgWhy did you choose to join City Year Little Rock 

I didn't feel like I was ready for college this year, and I hoped this program would help me pick up some new life skills. Also the Segal Education Award will help me when I go to college next year. 


What do you expect to get out of your year of service?  

I expect to learn more about different cultures through the diversity of the students. I also expect to gain more leadership skills. This program requires you to be a positive leader, especially since you are working with children and trying to help better their future. 

Talk about your experience serving in your home community.

I am serving in a community where I have been my whole life. City Year was in my elementary school when I was younger, so it feels great to be able to have a positive impact on other students’ lives just like the program did for me. 

How has City Year affected you so far?  

I am learning new skills, such as being more organized. I really thought I was organized when I first got here until I saw that having to do a lot of things at one time is not easy. 


Tell about a struggle you have faced/are facing as an AmeriCorps member.  

Working a 10 hour day and only getting one 30 minute break. I am not used to that at all. I just got out of high school and I am so used to 45 minute lunches and doing nothing in gym class!


What has been your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps member? 

Bonding with and getting to know my new team. I like how everyone comes from different cultures / backgrounds. Before I started I thought everyone would be from around the state, but they are from all over the country. We all have our differences, but at the end of the day we make a great team.  


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