The lawn of the Old State Capitol in Springfield was a sea of red Friday afternoon. That’s because dozens of young adults in red jackets were taking their pledge to begin their year in AmeriCorps, which is observing its 20th anniversary.

The students are deploying into such places as Chicago classrooms for the year between, for Sydney Glasgow of Atlanta, college and the rest of their lives.


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“We’ll be tutoring and mentoring and have established after-school clubs,” says Glasgow, who earned a degree in sociology from Georgia State University.

It will be her first time in Chicago.

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