City Year Hosts Annual Summit

This week City Year is hosting its annual summit in Washington, D.C. Some of their distinguished guests, performers, and speaker have included U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto M. Carvalho, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Wendy Spencer, and also Nicholas David Mrozinski, a musician who was a finalist on "The Voice." (See photos here.)

As part of the summit, City Year has unveiled an excellent new video about the program and its emphasis on helping students and schools succeed nationwide. Watch it below.


National Council of Young Leaders Meets with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Education via Flickr

On Monday, representatives from the newly formed National Council of Young Leaders met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Assistant Secretary Deb Delisle, and other senior staff at the Department of Education. The Corps Network’s representatives on the Council, J.R. Daniels and Philan Tree (shown speaking on left) were among those who attended the meeting. 

All members of the Council urged Secretary Duncan to improve the conditions of schools in low-income communities, including teacher, staff, and student resources, and to expand pathways to higher education. The Secretary was interested in J.R.’s thoughts regarding barriers for young people who have had contact with the juvenile or criminal justice systems and in Philan’s suggestions to provide more resources for Native American students. 

Both Secretary Duncan and Assistant Secretary Delisle said they would like the Council’s input on current and future education policy.