MCLA

Alan Khazei to Deliver Presentation at MCLA

10/19/2010

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Alan Khazei, co-founder of City Year, and founder and chief executive officer of Be the Change, Inc., will speak at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

The lecture is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Khazei has pioneered ways to empower citizens to make a difference. In 1987, as a young graduate from Harvard Law School, he co-founded a nonprofit organization called City Year with his friend, Michael Brown. City Year unites young adults ages 17-24 from all backgrounds for an intensive year of full-time community service mentoring, tutoring and educating children. It served as the model and inspiration for President Bill Clinton's AmeriCorps program and now operates in 20 U.S. cities, as well as in Johannesburg and London. 

Inspired by the success of the Save AmeriCorps campaign, in 2007 Khazei launched Be the Change, Inc., a nonprofit that creates national issue-based campaigns by organizing coalitions of non-profits, social entrepreneurs, policymakers, private sector leaders, academics and citizens.  In 2009, ServiceNation, the first campaign to be launched from this platform, played a key role in the enactment of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.   

In the fall of 2009, Khazei was a candidate in the senate special election primary in Massachusetts. 

He has served on the boards of leading national non-profits and has received numerous awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award.  In 2006, "U.S. News and World Report" named him one of America's "25 Best Leaders."  Khazei also is the author of a new book, "Big Citizenship: How Pragmatic Idealism Can Bring out the Best in America." 

For more information, please contact Spencer Moser at (413) 662-5251 or spencer.moser@mcla.edu.