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City Year’s Starry Starry Night Gala 2012 Honored Aart and Synopsys   

May 15, 2012 – Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus received the 2012 Service Leadership Award at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley’s annual gala, Starry Starry Night, on May 2, 2012. This year’s event celebrated City Year’s 18 years of spirit, idealism and service to the Silicon Valley community. Synopsys and City Year have proudly partnered for more than a decade to help underserved local students and schools. Aart received the award for his commitment and leadership in Silicon Valley and around the world. He was honored to accept the award on behalf of Synopsys.

With more than 400 Bay area leaders attending the gala, City Year raised more than $145,000, which will help them continue the critical work they perform in schools in the Alum Rock School District in East San Jose, California.

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Aart exchanged his suit jacket for a prestigious personalized City Year jacket, presented to him by two City Year corps members during the gala.

What Is City Year?
City Year’s motto is: “Give a Year. Change the World.” At their 23 locations across the United States, Johannesburg, South Africa, and London, England, teams of diverse young people (ages 17-24) called corps members serve full time in schools for 10 months working to improve students’ ABC’s: Attendance, Behavior and Course performance in English and math.

Many people talk about how education needs to be fixed and there are many facets to the solution. City Year is the “human capital” solution, working collaboratively with school districts, teachers and administrators to get students on track toward high school graduation.

City Year's Starry Night Gala 2010 Honored Aart and Synopsys
By helping students learn, we give them the power to teach as well. At the Starry Starry Night 2012 gala, the students were definitely doing the teaching.

Why Is City Year’s Work Important?
Year after year, City Year proves that empowering youth can make a difference. City Year corp members help to reduce the number of high-school dropouts, one student at a time.

Every 26 seconds, a student gives up on school in the United States. This impacts tremendously our youth and the country:
  • High school dropouts are three times more likely than college graduates to be unemployed
  • High school dropouts are eight times more likely to be in jail or prison than high school graduates
  • Barely 50 percent of all African-American students and less than 66 percent of Hispanic-American students will graduate with their class
  • The more than 12 million students projected to drop out within the next 10 years will cost the nation $3 trillion in the coming decade
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