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Consider Public Service Through City Year
Each year more and more high school seniors are deciding to take a year off from academic studies before entering college. There are many reasons why a senior might want to take a gap year, however they usually share one goal; they want to set themselves up to have a rewarding college career and life experience. There are many great year-long programs that can help a recent graduate achieve this goal, City Year being right at the top of that list.
City Year is a nonprofit organization that unites young people (ages 17-24) of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods in 19 locations across the US. Frank Balantic, Plymouth State University class of 2012 and a corps member from the 2007-2008 service year, said “My City Year has been the greatest year of my life, not only because I have established many great friendships and met people from all over the country, but because it helped shape me into a better person. Many of my friends went to college only to drop out first semester because they were confused, or because they were not yet ready for the college environment. I know that after my year with City Year, my college experience will be much more successful than if I were to have done college right after high school.” City Year helps its corps members, like Frank, to become more active and involved citizens and community leaders by developing communication, research, organizational, leadership, and public speaking skills all while working in a diverse team environment.
City Year also offers many other great benefits to all of the full-time corps member volunteers. Each corps member receives a weekly living stipend, uniform provided by The Timberland Company, cell phone provided by T-Mobile, and health insurance while enrolled in the program as well as a $5,350 education award received after completion of the program. If a gap year sounds interesting to you and you would like more information please contact Ted Wing at either 603-773-1862 or Email Ted Wing. You can also find more information at http://www.cityyear.org/newhampshire.aspx.