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City Year: Winner's Statement

Social Capitalists

City Year

Boston, Massachusetts

CEO: Alan Khazei

President: Michael Brown

Previous winner: 2004, 2005

What it does: City Year recruits diverse teams of young adults for a year of volunteer service. In 17 cities in the United States and South Africa, volunteers mentor and tutor in schools, organize after-school programs, and lead projects such as turning empty lots into playgrounds. The goal: to inspire universal community service at the local level--the cornerstone, City Year believes, of a more engaged, democratic society.

Results: City Year has graduated 8,200 corps members since 1988, and a recent study found that alumni are more likely to vote and volunteer.

Social impact: A
Aspiration and growth: A
Entrepreneurship: B+
Innovation: A
Sustainability: A-