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Pacific wins award from Sacramento AmeriCorps program

Jun 16, 2017

University of the Pacific today received an award for its support of an AmeriCorps organization helping to keep students in Sacramento schools and on track to graduate.

City Year Sacramento, a nonprofit working with students in high needs communities, presented Pacific officials with the Moccasin Award, which recognizes a recipient's propensity to empathize with others. City Year AmeriCorps members work with at-risk students and their teachers to provide positive academic, attendance and behavior support. City Year Sacramento also supports and leads activities to improve the school climate.

"It is a great honor for us to be a Moccasin Award recipient," said Stacy McAfee, Pacific's associate vice president for external relations, strategic partnerships and presidential initiatives. "It's vital for K-12 students to have the tutoring and other support City Year Sacramento AmeriCorps members provide in order to be prepared for high school and college. Pacific has been working steadily on initiatives to improve grade-level reading and college preparedness in San Joaquin County, and it's great to have a partner in City Year Sacramento."

Pacific is the first external partner to receive the Moccasin Award in the five years City Year has been in Sacramento. Pacific was selected for the award for partnering with City Year Sacramento in supporting AmeriCorps members. The university's Sacramento Campus in the Oak Park neighborhood opened its doors to host professional development opportunities, including a job and networking fair. University faculty and staff also hosted a spaghetti dinner for AmeriCorps members, helping them stretch their small service stipend.
  
"This award represents one of our core organizational beliefs that to truly understand people of different backgrounds, culture and experiences, a person must first walk in their shoes, or in this case moccasins," said Symia Stigler, managing director of impact for City Year Sacramento. "Our Moccasin Award is presented to University of the Pacific because of its genuine and sincere interest in the success of our corps. Pacific has consistently found opportunities to model empathy and understanding for our service. We are thankful for the partnership."
 
 
Past winners have included Rosa Parks Elementary, Leataata Floyd Elementary, and Father Keith B. Kenny K-8 schools. City Year Sacramento partners with Sacramento City Unified and St. HOPE Public school districts to be in seven Sacramento schools where 66 AmeriCorps members make sure more than 4,000 students stay engaged in school.

"We are excited that so many faculty and staff are interested and invested in supporting our AmeriCorps members and their service throughout the Sacramento region," said Jeff Owen, City Year Sacramento executive director. "We couldn't do this work without excellent partners like University of the Pacific."

Pacific officials received the Moccasin Award at the City Year Sacramento AmeriCorps graduation earlier today at The Guild Theater in Sacramento. The City Year AmeriCorps members over the previous 10 months gained leadership skills and hands-on experience supporting English language arts and math K-12 coursework. After completing 1,700 hours of service, AmeriCorps members receive a Segal Education Award, which can be applied toward future tuition or used to help pay back student loans.

Media contact:
Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (office) | 209.470.3206 (cell) | kmichaud@pacific.edu