Teens Team Up to Give Back

City Year offers students an inspiring intro to the world of community service Teens Team Up to Give Back

Samantha Appleton / Aurora for TIME

City Year Young Heroes, middle school students, participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and workday on January 15, 2007 in Brooklyn, New York.

Everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. --the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

If everybody can serve, what makes people take the first step? "It's fun, and it's better than watching TV," says Michael Cruz, 17, a 10th-grader at Grace Dodge High School in the South Bronx. At an age when most kids are more interested in sleeping late and hanging out, Michael and more than 1,000 other middle and high schoolers in 16 cities...

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