2016-04-12

By AmeriCorps Member Catherine Campos serving as Team Leader at City Year Jacksonville 

Part of the City Year uniform includes wearing a name tag that includes your position at City Year and the site we serve. Here’s mine:

Part of the City Year uniform includes wearing a name tag that includes your position at City Year and the site we serve. Here’s mine:

During our leadership development days where the City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members are in the office, I like to wander around everyone’s desk and pick up their old name tags and attach them to my clothes. It may be a weird habit, but I like to wait and see if anyone notices that I am wearing anywhere from two to ten nametags at a time. I do this to be silly and make people laugh.

    It wasn’t until I lost my nametag and had to order a new one that I realized that the job titles given to us are just scratching the surface of what I do as a City Year AmeriCorps Team Leader and the skills and experience I’ve gained during my time with City Year.

    As I reflect back on these past 2 years, I like to brainstorm the other job titles I’d give myself that explains more about my roles with City Year:

AmeriCorps DJ

Because, sometimes you gotta just dance. When my team and I need some extra motivation to start the day, I’ll get the pair speakers, I’ll plug it into my phone and ask for song requests. I’ll play classical to help clear out minds, hip hop to get us pumped, Beyonce because, well,  Beyonce and jazz when we need inspiration to feel artsy and creative.

 

AmeriCorps Traffic Guard

I am in charge of reminding my team about all of those little details and deadlines they may wish to ignore, lesson plans that need to be turned in or tedious paperwork that needs to be finished, I’m there to remind them it needs to get done. While it may not be my favorite part of my job, I know how important it is and allows us to always be in service to our students.

 

AmeriCorps Chief Gratitude Officer:

This one, I won’t lie, was stolen from our Executive Director of City Year Jacksonville, Dan Foley. He had a name tag made with this title. The title reminds me that I have a lot to be thankful for in the role that I play. In no particular order, I have to grateful to the following people:

1. My team, I truly couldn’t be luckier. I have a wonderful group of people that I get to serve alongside of at Highlands Middle School. Their dedication inspires me everyday.

2. The staff at Highlands Middle. Collectively, they’re some of the most welcoming, kind, not to mention sassy, group of people I have ever met and I am better for it.

3. City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members and Staff. I don’t know what caused us all to come together but, I would be a completely different person if I didn’t know them. I love each and every one of them and I can’t thank them enough for being who they are.

4. The students I serve. I believe that the group of kids I have the honor of mentoring and tutoring have taught me more about perseverance, forgiveness, and love than any adult could teach me.

5. My family. They’ve supported me every step of the way.

 

While these titles may not be what reads on my name tag, I know that each of these role has helped me become a better Team Leader and helped shape me into the person I am in today.


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