City Year Sacramento: Building The Beloved Community Event


City Year Sacramento hosted its second in a series of social-cultivation events titled "Building the Beloved Community. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision for creating a community that is connected through empathy and shared humanity, CYSac's "Building the Beloved Community" united Sacramento business leaders, philanthropists, and civic-minded individuals to learn about service-work in the city. We were excited that a number of our SVP partners were able to engage and learn more deeply the work City Year is doing in “Building the Beloved Community”.

The keynote speaker was Jessie Ryan, President of the Board of Education for Sacramento City Unified School District, who spoke about the importance of supporting all students through a trauma-informed lens and with a concern for educational equity. She spoke about extra support on campus from City Year Sacramento helping to support students through community trauma, which build stronger, more resilient individuals and communities.

They hosted an alumni panel - which was pictured - moderated by Dan Coyle of Delfino Madden and CYSacramento's Advisory Board. Our panel spoke about the need for the community to invest in service because service members invest in our communities, and continue to do so following their "city year". An example is Naya Guthrie, a City Year Sacramento 2018 alumna who is originally from North Carolina, moved here for a year of service, and now works for Raley's. She continues to visit the school where she served. 

Kevin Wright, General Manager of Mark 5-ONE-5, spoke about the launch of Market 5-ONE-5's catering business, sharing their view of spreading sustainably produced, healthy, and "quick" meals throughout the Sacramento community.

Building the Beloved Community was co-hosted by the law offices of Delfino Madden and Weintraub Tobin and was catered by Market 5-ONE-5.

About City Year

City Year Sacramento places nearly 70 young adult AmeriCorps members to serve for a year in low-performing schools located in communities of concentrated poverty. Each provides 1,700+ hours of service throughout the year through individualized academic and social-emotional support. City Year AmeriCorps members serve in schools all day, every day, preparing students with the skills and mindsets they need to thrive in school and in life. With an on-going commitment to civic engagement, City Year AmeriCorps alumni are key contributors to their communities, having gained a year of intensive real-world work experience from service. Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year is now servicing 29 cities across the nation, with Sacramento opening its doors in 2012. Over 7 years later, City Year Sacramento partners with 8 high needs schools throughout the city, impacting over 4,000 students each year.

City Year Sacramento will be hosting its annual Ripples of Hope Gala on Thursday, April 25. Ripples of Hope Gala is a premier event that unites business and community leaders, citizen supporters, and service champions to support and honor the work of City Year AmeriCorps members who dedicate one year of their lives to serve alongside teachers and administrators in Sacramento schools. During a cocktail reception and dinner program, we invite prominent community members to speak about City Year’s impact, ask AmeriCorps members to tell inspirational stories of service, and honor our partners who have been influential in the Sacramento community. City Year will be honoring the Sacramento Kings and their powerful community impact throughout the city during the 2019 event.

Cameron Law