De Blasio Administration launches NYC National Service Support Center

De Blasio Administration launches NYC National Service Support Center

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 NYC Service announced, April 4, the launch of the NYC National Service 
Support Center, which provides training, technical assistance, capacity 
building resources, and consultations to nearly 40 service year programs
 across the City. The National Service Support Center is also working 
with the NYC National Service Leadership Council to support the goals of
 the NYC National Service Growth (+Sustainability) Plan. The plan aims 
to double the number of service year members in NYC from 4,000 to 8,000,
 serving one million New Yorkers by 2020.

This announcement comes as communities 
across the country celebrated the Corporation for National and Community
 Service’s (CNCS) National Service Recognition Day. On April 2, NYC 
Service and the NYC National Service Leadership Council partnered with 
the New York Mets to host a “National Service Night” at Citi Field to 
celebrate the work of over 7,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in 

“Yesterday we celebrated the thousands 
of NYC AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members across the five boroughs who 
dedicate their time to serving others,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
 “Their contributions are helping us work towards a stronger, more 
sustainable, and more equitable New York City and I hope more will join 
their ranks.”

“NYC Service is thrilled to partner with
 the Mets and formally recognize the thousands of AmeriCorps and Senior 
Members in our City who deliver measurable change on critical priorities
 like education, economic opportunity, health, and the environment,” 
said NYC Chief Service Officer Paula Gavin. “One year after announcing 
our plan to double the number of service year members in NYC by 2020, we
 are excited to launch the NYC National Service Support Center to 
sustain and expand the impact of service year programs in our City and 
remain committed to this effort. I want to thank the New York Mets for 
celebrating with us yesterday and the NYC National Service Leadership 
Council for their ongoing partnership to strengthen national service in 

“The Mets are honored to participate in 
National Service Recognition Night,” said New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.
 “We’ve partnered with the NYC Service Leadership Council to help 
recognize and reward over 7,000 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members for 
their service to our great city. Tonight also provides a chance for 
others to learn about national service programming opportunities 
available in New York.”

“The impact of the NYC VISTA program is 
in the communities we serve and in the life of every VISTA,” said Bryan 
Jackson, NYC VISTA Member. “Organizations that host VISTAs are able to 
expand to serve the needs of their community with the fresh perspective 
and high energy that the VISTAs bring. And for those who have felt the 
call to serve, it provides not only valuable experience, but insight 
into what is possible with commitment and dedication. At the core, 
that’s what VISTA is all about: making our country and our world a 
better place by serving others.”

“My NYC Service experience has allowed 
me to serve in the realm of public policy and government 
administration,” said Sarah Alshawish, NYC VISTA Member. “In the 
Commissioner’s office of ACS, I project manage the monitoring of new 
corrective action plans to close practice gaps in the child welfare 
system. Working alongside child welfare experts and partners from the 
NYPD, housing, public benefits and healthcare sectors has provided me 
great insight into the collaboration of city agencies to address 
challenges faced by families in vulnerable circumstances.”

“AmeriCorps programs such as Public 
Allies have given New Yorkers the platform to create the change they 
want to see in the world by directly serving in their own communities,” 
said Uthman Olowa, Public Allies NY AmeriCorps Member.

“The volunteers of the Community Service
 Society’s RSVP program devote hundreds of thousands of hours a year in 
improving the lives of their communities by providing vital services 
such as mentoring, benefits counseling, financial advocacy, alleviating 
food insecurity and many other essential services that would otherwise 
not be provided to vulnerable populations throughout the five boroughs,”
 said David R. Jones, President and CEO of the Community Service 
Society. “They demonstrate that national service is a lifelong 

“Loneliness and isolation affects many 
seniors, especially low-income seniors who lack support systems,” said 
David Garza, Executive Director of Henry Street Settlement. “The Senior 
Corps Senior Companion program alleviates loneliness for vulnerable 
seniors by connecting them to a caring individual and provides the 
Companions with an important purpose, allowing them to make a 

“Public Allies New York recruits young 
people from diverse backgrounds to serve communities across the city,” 
said James Bernard, Executive Director of Public Allies New York. “We 
are a member of a 26-city national movement committed to advancing 
social justice and equity by engaging and activating the leadership of 
all young people. We’re about inclusion, we’re about collaboration, and 
we’re about integrity. Since 1992, we have helped thousands of 
underrepresented young leaders serve our country, get on successful 
pathways to higher education and careers, and bring communities together
 to work for the common good.”

“Up2Us Sports believes in the service 
year movement in NYC,” said Paula Caccamo, Founder and CEO of Up2Us 
Sports. “In the past 5 years, we have supported more than 400 young 
adults to be coaches and mentors for youth in all five boroughs.  Our 
AmeriCorps coaches have helped grow youth sports throughout our city and
 have used the power of sports to mentor youth in life skills, academic 
goal setting, and conflict resolution.”

“We have had a lot of success as a 
collective, with so much diversity in our service year program types, to
 create solutions to programmatic challenges,” said Jumpstart NY 
Regional Vice President Kerri Osborne. “We utilize the NYC National 
Service Support Center to broaden our reach, with staff developing 
citywide campaigns, supporting advocacy initiatives, and providing 
technical assistance for service year programming.”


About NYC Service

NYC Service, a division of the Office of
 the Mayor, promotes volunteerism, engages New Yorkers in service, 
builds volunteer capacity, and mobilizes the power of volunteers and 
national service members to impact New York City’s greatest needs. To 
learn more about NYC Service and connect, visit


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