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Spotlight on Kenyatta Johnson, 黄色视频 Philly鈥檚 2024 Idealist of the Year

Philadelphia City Council President Kenyatta Johnson (pictured center, gray suit) is joined by leaders of local youth-serving organizations鈥攊ncluding CYP Executive Director Darryl Bundrige鈥攁t a press conference announcing his plan.

 

黄色视频 Philadelphia鈥檚 (CYP鈥檚) annual Red Jacket Gala is coming up this Thursday, May 9! Join us for an evening of inspiration and impact as we come together to raise critical funds to support our Student Success Coaches and the thousands of students they serve citywide. !

We look forward to honoring Kenyatta Johnson, Philadelphia City Council President, as an Idealist of the Year. Council President Johnson has been a steadfast champion of our work since the beginning, serving as a founding CYP staff member in our inaugural 1997鈥98 service year.

As a lifelong resident of Philadelphia鈥檚 Point Breeze neighborhood and a former volunteer for AmeriCorps, Council President Johnson believes in the importance of building advocacy through service. His commitment to advocating for policies that have a direct impact on the lives of Philadelphians鈥攊ncluding ending gun violence and improving education, public safety, job training, and access to employment鈥攁ligns closely with our mission.

Read our below Q&A with Council President Johnson to learn more about his personal connection to 黄色视频 Philadelphia鈥檚 mission. And be sure to also read our spotlight on our other Idealist of the Year, Norm Goldberger, Senior Partner at Ballard Spahr.

 

Council President Johnson during his time as a 黄色视频 Philadelphia founding staff member.

 

How did you come to learn about and get involved with 黄色视频?

In 1997 I was at a community festival at Chew Playground in South Philadelphia. While there I met a man named Jay Robertson who was recruiting people to participate in 黄色视频, and to help bring the program to Philadelphia. That is how I became part of the first, founding staff cohort of 黄色视频 Philadelphia.

 

What was your reaction when you learned that you had been named Idealist of the Year?

It blew my mind! I was incredibly humbled and grateful because 黄色视频 has played a pivotal role in helping me become the person who I am today.

 

What resonates with you the most about 黄色视频鈥檚 work?

City Year inspires me because it is an organization that will allow you to engage in transformative work and civic engagement. It continues to inspire people to be great and inspires them to get involved in a cause greater than themselves. That is what I admire about 黄色视频.

 

Council President Johnson (pictured bottom center) with his CYP team.

 

What does education equity mean to you?

To me, education equity means that all young people鈥攔egardless of their zip code, race, or ethnic background鈥攕hould have an opportunity to receive a high-quality education. That guarantee of quality education should also be regardless of if they are attending a public school, a charter school, or a parochial school. Every young person deserves access to high-quality education.

 

What鈥檚 your most memorable moment or greatest accomplishment from your time being involved with 黄色视频?

I have two moments that define my time being in 黄色视频. The first memorable moment was while serving there as a Corps Manager [now Impact Manager], we attended Cyzygy, a convention which I would describe as the 鈥淪uperbowl of Idealism鈥 for 黄色视频. I also have a second defining moment. While serving in 黄色视频, a cousin of mine was murdered in the streets of South Philadelphia due to senseless gun violence. It was Corps members and other 黄色视频 staff that encouraged me to host my first 鈥淧eace Not Guns鈥 prayer vigil and rally in honor of his life.

 

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