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MDC is Number One in the Nation in Applications for City Year National Service Program

City Year Student Mentor

A City Year student leader tutors an elementary school student during one of the organization's many community service programs.

Miami, July 27, 2011 - For 50 years, Miami Dade College (MDC) has maintained a solid reputation for community involvement and dedicated public service performed by its students, faculty and staff on behalf of thousands of citizens both locally and nationwide. It comes as no surprise that recently, nearly 100 MDC student leaders - the highest total out of 1,400 colleges, universities, and high schools nationwide - applied to serve with City Year, an organization created 20 years ago on the belief that young people in service can be a powerful resource for addressing our nation's most pressing issues. 

“When City Year’s recruitment office called to give us the news, we were ecstatic,” said Josh Young, director of MDC’s Center for Community Involvement, which is responsible for all service-learning activities and serves as the College’s clearinghouse for students, faculty and staff interested in civic engagement and service. “Our students applied to serve with City Year in greater numbers than from any other educational institution in the nation. This is quite an accomplishment and speaks to the strong desire to serve others as well as MDC’s overall commitment to public service.”     

The MDC students selected for positions with City Year will work as tutors, mentors, and role models to help children in grades K-12 stay in school and on track. In their service work, they will also help transform schools and communities across the U.S., as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. Additionally, the students will develop their civic leadership and organizational skills which can be used during their lifetime of community service. 

City Year is one of the nation’s most successful and effective national service programs, and expanded to Miami three years ago with assistance from MDC. Dr.  Eduardo J. Padrón served on City Year’s Miami Champion’s Committee, and Wolfson Campus President Madeline Pumariega currently serves on City Year’s Miami Board. MDC also hosts City Year’s Young Heroes program, as well as its other community programs. 

For more information about MDC’s community service projects, contact Josh Young, director of the Center for Community Involvement, at 305-237-7477 or or visit

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