Before our AmeriCorps members commenced full-time service in Boston Public Schools, they spent six weeks at Basic Training Academy (BTA), developing the skills to support our students. During this time, we featured staff and senior AmeriCorps members on our Twitter page to offer daily tips for the corps and to introduce them to the City Year Boston community.
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We also asked our extended City Year community to share advice with our current AmeriCorps members. Below are some of the great words of wisdom sent to us from City Year alumni, families and friends of past AmeriCorps members, and other champions in our network of caring and dedicated individuals.
"Open yourself up to whatever comes next and allow yourself to go with the flow. I’m sure it will be a whirlwind of a day/first few weeks, but take a few moments to just take it all in without overwhelming yourself. You’re starting an incredible journey, one that you’ve pushed yourself to take on, so be confident because although you may be feeling nervous, we all know you’re going to be great!"
"This quote by Vivian Greene hopefully can be some words of wisdom to some: 'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.'"
"Two of our daughters did city year, one in Boston and one in Columbus. That was twenty years ago, and they still have fond memories and a deep appreciation for community service. And, as a bonus, they made life-long friends."
"Impactful change is not always visible at first site, keep going, I can guarantee that you're making a difference and that it will be seen."
"Believe in yourself and the power you have to do this work and change lives. You can do amazing things with just that belief. Cast doubt aside. Trust in your training, the support of your team-mates, and your intuition, intelligence and heart."
"I am thrilled to think of all the wonderful corps members who are just starting this journey. Good luck, and enjoy the journey!"
"When you feel stuck when working with a student, don't be shy in turning towards your other teammates, PMs, and other staff for help. Often, it's much easier to come up with a solution with others than by working alone."
"You're not going to know what you're doing for a while. That's okay. New things are like that. Look to contribute however you can and you'll catch on."