2017-10-02

The start of a new school year is an exciting time. For our staff and senior corps, it is a time to consciously think about and recommit to their values and goals for the year. Below, please find our "What I'm Bringing to Service" Instagram photoseries, where our staff and senior corps have shared what they're holding foremost in their minds as we head into a year of powerful service. 

 

Welcome to our What I'm Bringing to Service series. During Basic Training Academy, the six weeks in which our AmeriCorps members prepare for a year of powerful service, we will celebrating our community and hearing what they're bringing to the year ahead. ______ "What I'm bringing to service this year is love and joy. I want to take a holistic approach to working with students, school staff, and community; treating everyone as whole people, never forgetting the human aspect of what we're doing. I want to bring light, happiness, and uplifting energy...and bubbles. I want to bring a bubble maker. Can we please get a bubble maker?" ______ - First-year Impact Manager Elle Davis ______ #whatimbringing #whatimbringingcyb #whatimbringingtoservice #cityyearboston #service #love #light #bubbles

A post shared by City Year Boston (@cityyearboston) on

 

 

"I moved to New York City to serve with @cityyearnewyork when I was 18 years old - I had just graduated high school a couple of months earlier, and that was a really big risk to take; for me to kind of steer away from the path that was expected of me towards one that felt more authentic and meaningful. Since taking that risk on myself, I've thought a lot about the people in my life who have taken big risks on me - the teachers and mentors who saw something in me that I hadn't yet discovered in myself. ______ This year, I want to be that person for others. I want to be someone who other people can rely on to lift them up and to advocate on their behalf, and I want to continue sharing gratitude for the people who have done those things for me." ______ Erina Colombo '15, Development Operations Coordinator _____ #whatimbringing #whatimbringingcyb #service #joy #risks #cityyearboston

A post shared by City Year Boston (@cityyearboston) on

 

"I always thought I'd come back to City Year (after serving @cityyearsa in 2011 and 2012.) I value love, community, and loyalty, which is why I returned. This year, I want to bring my personal flair to City Year Boston; I try to #makebetterhappen in each place that I'm in. I also want to bring positivity. I believe all things work together for the greater good. Maybe the story of difficulties you've had helps someone else. Maybe a situation you've gone through makes you stronger for a different situation...my goal is to let my life be the thing that helps other." ______ - Courtney Lynn Dailey '11, '12, first year Impact Manager ______ #whatimbringing #whatimbringingcyb #cityyearboston #startstrongcy #cityyear #nationalservice #motivationmonday #mondaymotivation

A post shared by City Year Boston (@cityyearboston) on

 

"When I was a corps member, I worked with students one-on-one, not just on math and ELA, but also on life skills, as a mentor. I realized that in a short amount of time, it is possible to help a young person learn to think critically and empathize at the same time, and to help a young person feel powerful. Now that I'm a teacher, the only thing that's different, aside from the length of my beard, is that I can do this for more students. I know that I wouldn't be the teacher I am - someone who loves creativity, connecting with students, doing projects that help people to learn about different cultures and identities - without the two years I served with City Year Boston. On my team, we were incredibly creative; we wrote songs, plays, drew murals. I was able to do all kinds of things because City Year values creativity and emphasizes that everyone has their own unique spirit and gifts to bring to the table. What I plan to do this year is to continue, as I said, helping young people to think critically and empathize at the same time, and to spread the message to them: education is awesome. Helping people is awesome." ______ Kevin Dua '10, '11, 2017 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, @gilder_lehrman ______ #whatimbringingcyb #cityyearboston #cyalumni #service #empathy #criticalthinking

A post shared by City Year Boston (@cityyearboston) on

 

Isa: "This year I want to focus on service to a cause greater than self. When I was a first-year corps member, it was easy to get caught up in the day to day minutiae. I want to be that person that brings it back to the big picture. It's not about you. it's about all of us." Sophie: "Yeah, it's not about you. It's about everything that you're doing for the people that you're serving. It's about so much more. [Isa and I] found that since we grew up being so close and having so much connection with another person, we lived empathy every second of every day...it's about empathy." ______ Isa Moss and Sophie Moss, senior AmeriCorps members ______ #whatimbringingcyb #service #empathy #love #joy #itsnotaboutyou #wisdomwednesday #wednesdaywisdom #startstrongcy

 

Isa: "This year I want to focus on service to a cause greater than self. When I was a first-year corps member, it was easy to get caught up in the day to day minutiae. I want to be that person that brings it back to the big picture. It's not about you. it's about all of us." Sophie: "Yeah, it's not about you. It's about everything that you're doing for the people that you're serving. It's about so much more. [Isa and I] found that since we grew up being so close and having so much connection with another person, we lived empathy every second of every day...it's about empathy." ______ Isa Moss and Sophie Moss, senior AmeriCorps members ______ #whatimbringingcyb #service #empathy #love #joy #itsnotaboutyou #wisdomwednesday #wednesdaywisdom #startstrongcy

A post shared by City Year Boston (@cityyearboston) on

 

"This year, I will bring my passion for fighting for health equity to my service. As a member of the Boston Civic Engagement Team, I'm in a new role that provides me with the opportunity to engage with communities all throughout the city of Boston, as opposed to only one school. Through beautifying spaces for students and providing them and their families with resources that they need support their overall wellbeing, I am in a unique position to gain new perspective on the challenges our students face inside and outside the school walls as they relate to something I am incredibly passionate about. Your city year journey is what you make it, and my advice is just that: Bring your passion to your service year and let it guide you!" ______ -senior AmeriCorps member Madison Hafitz ______ #whatimbringingcyb #cityyearboston #startstrongcy #civicengagement #service

A post shared by City Year Boston (@cityyearboston) on

Share This Page