Remembering 9/11 Through Service
AmeriCorps CEO Joins National Day of Service in Washington, DC
AmeriCorps, the national service organization dedicated to addressing critical needs across the United States, marked a momentous September this year. Led by CEO Michael D. Smith, AmeriCorps engaged in a series of impactful events, paying tribute to the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and celebrating its 30th anniversary.
A Day of Unity and Giving Back
On Monday, September 11, Michael D. Smith stood shoulder to shoulder with members of AmeriCorps and Ambassador Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative, in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Together with the 9/11 Day Organization, AmeriCorps volunteers engaged in meal-packing efforts in 18 cities across the nation, collectively providing 6.5 million meal packs for those in need.
“Our lives have been shaped by how we, as a country, came together to respond in the wake of 9/11,” said Michael D. Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps.
“Through a spirit of unity and an enduring commitment to our most cherished values, 9/11 Day of Service provides Americans an opportunity to reflect, remember, and act, knowing we’re unstoppable when we stand together.”
Addressing the Youth Mental Health Crisis
AmeriCorps CEO Engages in Roundtable Discussion
On Monday, September 18, Michael D. Smith journeyed to New York for a significant roundtable event hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative. This gathering focused on the pressing mental health crisis affecting youth across the nation, particularly in minority and rural communities. Leading thinkers and influencers came together to deliberate on strategies to address these challenges.
A Grand Celebration at Yankee Stadium
Later that same evening, Smith was the guest of honor at Yankee Stadium, where the New York Yankees, a proud AmeriCorps partner, celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary in style. The event paid tribute to Street Lab, which was recognized by the Yankees earlier this year.
Advocating for Workforce Development
AmeriCorps CEO at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference
On Saturday, September 23, Michael D. Smith attended the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, where he met with members of the African American Mayors Association. The discussions revolved around workforce development partnerships and included county officials, labor leaders, and philanthropic figures from across the nation, spanning from Long Beach to Little Rock.
“We had a great discussion on workforce development partnerships with the African American Mayors Association, county officials, and labor and philanthropic leaders from across the nation – from Long Beach to Little Rock,”
Smith commented following the event.
In September, AmeriCorps not only remembered the tragic events of 9/11 through service but also looked forward, addressing critical issues and celebrating three decades of impactful service to the nation. As AmeriCorps continues its mission to strengthen communities and tackle pressing challenges, its commitment to unity and service remains steadfast.