Each spring City Year selects the Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Corps Member of the Year Award winner. To learn more about City Year and its outstanding work click here.
Gabby Fish '12
In 2009 Gabby graduated from Boston University with a degree in English, and minor concentrations in Spanish and Art History. During her time at BU she volunteered with the Children’s Theatre Program and mentored middle school students on a South Dakota Indian reservation. Through these experiences she cultivated a passion for reaching out to underserved youth, and a greater commitment to service she maintains in her work today.
Two years ago Gabby was placed in D.C.’s Stanton Elementary School as part of the Teach for America program, where she displayed such wholehearted devotion to her students that she was offered a full-time job as a special education teacher after her first year. Through Gabby’s additional work at City Year as a corps member and team leader she is helping drive Stanton toward its goal of becoming one of D.C.’s best schools. The Segal Fellowship is an affirmation of Gabby’s selflessness and of her tireless service to the children of D.C.
Lila Givens '10
Originally from Atlanta, Givens graduated from the University of Georgia with an English degree. She knew she wanted to donate a year of community service before entering the work force, so she applied to a couple of organizations through AmeriCorps. Givens applied to City Year San Antonio because she had learned some Spanish in college and wanted to better her skills by communicating with kids and families.
“I'd been in the Southeast my whole life, and I wanted a different culture,” Givens said. After a year as an AmeriCorps member, Givens applied to serve a second year as a team leader. Givens and her seven-member team worked as part of Diplomas Now, a program that unites three organizations including City Year to help students at risk to drop out of school. Currently, Lila is the Program Manager at City Year DC.
Jimmy Duong '09
From 2008-2009, Jimmy served as a City Year Los Angeles Senior Corps member where he led a team of nine at Hollenbeck Middle School in the impoverished neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles County. At Hollenbeck, over eighty percent of the students Jimmy’s team worked with improved by one grade level. There they also ran an after-school program with over 70 students enrolled. During his service year Jimmy also led a planning committee for a college fair with 100 attendees and started an internal publication group that produced five bi-monthly newsletters, a literary magazine, and a yearbook. Jimmy currently is finishing a public affairs fellowship program with Coro Southern California. He hopes to learn more about work in the field of public policy and aims for graduate school in public policy in the near future. Jimmy comes from Alhambra, CA. Raised by a single mother who emigrated from Vietnam, Jimmy went to UCLA where he earned his B.A. in History and graduated with college honors. Right after college, Jimmy dedicated two years to national service though AmeriCorps by joining City Year Los Angeles. During his service years, Jimmy worked alongside seven others and then led a team of nine at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. Jimmy always had a strong passion for education and hopes to pursue a career in education or food policy. Jimmy’s highest goals in life involve either starting his own business or nonprofit, writing a book, or obtaining some sort of political office.
Tam Pace-Emerson '08
As a City Year Alumna, Segal Fellow Tam Pace-Emerson (City Year '08) is working with a team to initiate City Year in the United Kingdom. The City Year London Start-Up Team consists of 8 UK Staff and 7 Corps Members. Their goal is to import City Year into London communities by September 2010. They are creating partnerships, obtaining funding, and testing the US service model. Currently, they are in the process of recruiting 60 young people from the UK to participate in the program's first year. They have already established three-year partnerships with six elementary schools. The team's effort is ultimately meant to champion serious policy change in UK government aid for volunteering and National Service.
James Ward '06