What is "City Year" you ask? Well, let me tell you!
City Year is a national AmeriCorps program founded in 1988 in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. In the 25 years since then, City Year has grown to 25 domestic sites across the country and two international affiliates in England and South Africa. City Year runs programs in most major cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Seattle, and on and on.
After graduating college, I moved to Boston in the summer of 2009 to become an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston, and I served two years trying to do my part to fix the urban education problem. I am now starting my fifth year with City Year, but now in the national headquarters (still in Boston) as the National Staff Photographer and Creative Manager.
I have the distinct privilege to travel this great country, photographing our corps members in service, site events, and managing the photography of our annual marketing campaign. I also am the informal videographer when traveling and when not on a trip, I am one of three graphic designers, producing collateral for everything from an open house for high school students in Little Rock, AR to a global event in Washington, DC with presidents, cabinet members, governors and top thought leaders.
So far in my tenure with City Year, I have traveled to 15 of our sites, photographed President Obama, a few governors, many mayors, some senators, and members of congress. I have clicked my shutter almost 100,000 times, and a few of clicks have been featured in national publications, and countless more have been featured in local newspapers and magazines. Two photos in particular were featured on a 30' billboard in Times Square and I've loved every second of it.