We are gearing up for the start of a new school year as the team of City Year AmeriCorps members prepare to guide eager, bright students in 28 cities across the country on their journeys. These journeys are sure to be filled with challenges and triumphs that will aid in the growth of both the student and the AmeriCorps member. Valuable lessons will be learned and strong bonds will be formed. AmeriCorps members, at the end of their service year, will find themselves talking about their “starfish students”…the students who showed significant improvement and made a lasting impact on their lives.
Here is a look back on a few of those starfish stories that reflect the power of the City Year Red Jacket:
by Taj Taher, City Year Seattle '17
City Year AmeriCorps members are not placed in the schools to save students, as their students do not need saving. Rather, they need role models and mentors to show them that they already possess greatness and immense potential within.
byCity Year Seattle '17
Our hope is that every student understands that they are smart and capable. They are the next generation of leaders, artists, scientists, and catalysts of positive change. Nurturing this mindset starts in the classroom.
It is our stories and experiences that connect us on a deeper level and remind us that our humanity is indeed tied to one another.
When the service year comes to an end for our AmeriCorps members, they walk away with the memories and lessons they attained while building relationships with their students every day. These “gifts” are priceless and remind them of the power of young people and the City Year Red Jacket.
City Year AmeriCorps members make a lasting impact on their students, but they often learn even more than they teach. Have what it takes to make a difference for students and for yourself? Apply today.