You ask. We’ll answer.
Tweet your questions about what it’s like to serve with City Year to #askCY. Join us Thursday, March 26 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT and you’ll receive genuine, honest answers from three of our current AmeriCorps members.
Meet our panelists:
Name: Janae Babineaux
Site: City Year Baton Rouge
School: Louisiana State University
Hometown: Youngsville, Louisiana
I chose to serve with City Year because the organization weaves service between schools and communities. It allows you to build yourself, as a positive role model and an engaged community member. The City Year model provides its corps members with resources, networking opportunities, and a chance to build yourself up as a team player, a mentor, and a leader. Your year of service gives you experience that can be used a catalyst to becoming a visionary and trailblazer in future endeavors.
My advice for incoming corps members would be to not only expect the unexpected but to embrace it. With every new opportunity City Year provides, comes an opportunity to make a lasting memory or gain new perspective. This year of service has been the most rewarding year of my life. You must always allow yourself to step out of your comfort zone, take chances, and welcome new challenges.
Name: Chris Dinh
Site: City Year Seattle/King County
School: Rutgers University
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
I believe that every man, woman, and child deserves an excellent education. I chose to serve with City Year because of its strong focus on bettering student educational outcomes and helping students graduate. Although I did not have much prior teaching experience, but I knew that City Year would provide me with the resources needed to be fully supported, empowered, and effective in my role.
My advice to future AmeriCorps members is to come with an open mind and don't fear pushing yourself into new opportunities! This mindset will help you maximize your own growth as a corps member and as a person.
Name: Ashlei Miller
Site: City Year Milwaukee
School: Gwynedd Mercy University
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I found out about City Year when I was in the 7th grade serving with Young Heroes, a former City Year program focused on community service and leadership. The friends I made and the corps members who helped me remind me why I want to be the “spark” for my students.
When applying I decided to serve where most needed rather than choosing one specific site. It was exciting and terrifying to know that I could be placed anywhere! Regardless of those mixed emotions I had, I’m so excited to be here in Milwaukee and know that I am making a difference. I just hope I am as much of an inspiration to my students as my own corps members were to me.
My advice for future corps members is to remember that you were chosen for a reason. You are good enough and your students will appreciate everything that you offer them. It’s a hard job but very rewarding and worth it!
Not sure what to ask our panelists? Check out the topics we covered during our January chat!