Brown says Wendy Spencer “is a powerful voice for the millions of Americans who want to serve their communities”
BOSTON, MA (October 17, 2011) – Michael Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of City Year, released this statement today following President Obama’s appointment of Wendy Spencer to head the Corporation for National and Community Service:
“Wendy Spencer is an outstanding choice to lead the Corporation for National and Community Service. She is a gifted leader who has worked for over thirty years to make the communities of Florida stronger. Ms. Spencer is a powerful voice for the millions of Americans who want to serve their communities and for the hundreds of thousands who are serving as a result of investments from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“Ms. Spencer has had outstanding success in bringing the public and private sectors together, with the nonprofit sector to deliver results for communities. All of us at City Year look forward to working with Ms. Spencer and the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage Americans to meet pressing needs facing our communities — especially the nation’s high school dropout crisis. City Year, with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service, mobilizes young Americans to serve in high need schools to keep students in school and on track to graduate.
“With more than 500,000 Americans applying to serve in AmeriCorps last year alone, Americans are stepping up to serve in record numbers. I urge the United States Senate to act soon to confirm Ms. Spencer for this critically important presidential appointment.”
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.