If you know in advance that you are going to make a significant return on an investment, how do you not invest? And when that investment is in kids' lives, we have a remarkable opportunity to impact a generation -- and a moral obligation to do so.
More and more young people across the country are saying "yes" to service, and for those fortunate enough to serve, their work is paying off. However, there are not enough opportunities for most young people to turn their ideals into action.
City Year is not about a magic potion to cure all of our students' problems in a night. Instead it is about showing up everyday to the schools, believing in our students and working tirelessly to help them succeed.
The current "education moment" is only going to be effective if we can hold it, and transform current interest into a sustained effort with multiple solutions. One of the potential solutions is national service, through organizations such as City Year.