Mark Your Calendars: Spring Break is on May 6th

By Giving List Staff   |   March 20, 2023

This Year’s Honorees Include Actor and Producer, Octavia Spencer and L.A. Rams COO, Kevin Demoff 

When it comes to the fight for education equity, the City Year model works to help students in systemically under-resourced schools succeed and thrive. To make that happen, we have our annual Spring Break: Destination Education coming up this May 6, making it possible for us to reach more than 14,000 kids across Los Angeles during this critical time in pandemic recovery.  

This year, Academy Award-winning actor, producer, and longtime City Year L.A. board member Octavia Spencer will be honored at the annual event, as well as Kevin Demoff, COO for the Los Angeles Rams and City Year L.A. board member. Academy Award-winning actor, producer, and New York Times bestselling author Viola Davis will present Spencer with her award. 

While students may be back in school, many are still reeling from the loss of learning and social development after years of the pandemic. One of the most effective solutions to combating learning loss is tutoring, which is precisely what City Year does. Our students benefit from having a City Year AmeriCorps member in their corner, helping them 1-1 with their homework and building strong personal relationships that ensure students feel connected to school and valued in life.  

City Year LA’s biggest event, Spring Break: Destination Education is happening on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at our open-air venue, Sony Pictures Studios. Spring Break is our annual carnival-like event which includes live musical entertainment, activations and games by popular brands, and brings together over 900 guests – including community and business leaders, celebrities and influencers, student families and AmeriCorps members.  

We hope you will join us in supporting City Year during this important time to help ALL Los Angeles students thrive. For sponsorship levels and deadlines. go to  

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 28: Octavia Spencer attends City Year Los Angeles’ Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles) *** Local Caption *** Octavia Spencer

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City Year has pushed me to develop as a leader by challenging me to step out of my comfort zone, which is why I believe a big part of my role is to empower, inspire, and motivate others to reach their highest potential. The students we serve deserve to feel supported through this most challenging time, which is why COVID-19 has only added to my sense of urgency to transform myself and those around me.
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Social-Emotional Support for Students is Needed Now More Than Ever

Students may be back in school, but they’re still reeling from the loss of learning and social development after 18 months of remote learning and social isolation due to the pandemic.

“Our students have a City Year AmeriCorps member in their corners every day helping them with academics and social-emotional support to navigate the return to school,” says Sandra Cano, the executive director of City Year L.A.

Helping these students has never been more urgent. 

Please support City Year AmeriCorps members. They are the human capital that makes what City Year does possible, Cano says. City Year recently increased the amount of money it pays its AmeriCorps members from $17,400 a year to $25,000

Key Supporters

ECMC Foundation
Ballmer Group Philanthropy
Bronfman Hauptman Foundation
Windsong Trust
Len Hill Charitable Trust
Rosenthal Family Foundation
Hearthland Foundation
Vera R. Campbell Foundation
Comcast NBCUniversal
Los Angeles Rams
The Walt Disney Company
Marc & Ashley Merrill/Riot Games
Snap, Inc.
The Boeing Company
The Smidt Foundation
CIM Group
Tracy & Justin Ward
Hernan Lopez Family Foundation
Apple, Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Octavia Spencer
Natalie & Jim Burtson
Taco Bell Foundation