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The Extraordinary Eight- Meet The Care Force Senior Corps

Head shot of senior corps member Avery BrickName: Avery Brick 

Hometown: Columbus, OH 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: Chicago, IL, Collins Academy, 9th grade 

 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To grow within and to expand my knowledge of City Year, of an organization to which I felt a strong connection to. I also wanted to work with a tight knit team to enact change across the nation. 

 

Why I serve statement:I serve to help support one of the most important institutions in our nation, public education, and to advocate for the voices that are speaking but are not being heard. 

Career/ after CY aspirations: I would like to attend graduate school for my masters in genetic counseling. 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: V 

Passenger or driver: Driver 

Ocean or mountains: Ocean 

 

Head shot of senior corps member Sarita Retiz

Name: Sarita Retiz 

Hometown: San Antonio, TX 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: Jacksonville, FL, Highlands Middle School, 7th Grade 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To serve outside of the classroom. I wanted to help create better environments in the communities that our students reside in.  

Why I serve statement:I serve to encourage and inspire others to become the leaders that will create a better future for everyone after them. 

Career/ after CY aspirations: Enlist in the Air Force and serve for 4 or 6 years then go back to college to major in Psychology. 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: S  

Passenger or driver: Driver if it’s just me, but if there’s others I would like to be a passenger. 

Ocean or mountains: Definitely oceans! 

 

 

 

Head shot of senior corps member Elizabeth Altier

Name: Elizabeth Altier 

Hometown: Freeville, NY 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: Sacramento, CA, Fern Bacon Middle School, 8th grade 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To continue to work in City Year outside of the classroom, to create beautiful things, and to travel. 

Why I serve statement:I serve to leave the world better than how I found it. 

Career/ after CY aspirations: Paleontologist 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: E, but why read one letter when you can read the whole thing. 

Passenger or driver: Driver 

Ocean or mountains: Mountains 

 

Head shot of senior corps member Jessica Zuchowski

Name: Jessica Zuchowski 

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: Sacramento, CA, Father Keith B. Kenny K-6, 3rd grade 

 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To continue my service with City Yearthey offer so many opportunities to support others and build up communities. I wanted to engage more with community members through physical service. 

 

Why I serve statement:I serve to build upon my service and experience from the previous year, to continue to support others and assist in building up communities, to continue to serve a cause greater than myself and to create positive impacts. 

Career/ after CY aspirations: Go into social work, specifically working with youth. 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: A so that if I had or wanted to read more, I could read the encyclopedias alphabetically. 

Passenger or driver: Passenger 

Ocean or mountains: Ocean 

 

Head shot of senior corps member Karli Swensen

Name: Karli Swensen 

Hometown: Lebanon, NH 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: Memphis, TN, Westside Middle School, 8th grade 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To help communities. 

Why I serve statement:I serve because the more you invest in your community, the more successful they will become. 

Career/ after CY aspirations: Interior design or art installation. 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: K 

Passenger or driver: Driver 

Ocean or mountains: Mountains 

 

 

Head shot of senior corps member Eric Stanfield

Name: Eric Stanfield 

Hometown: Austin, TX 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: San Jose, CA, Ryan STEAM Academy, 5th grade 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To pursue my interests in service. I knew I appreciated working with students but wanted to explore civic engagement. 

Why I serve statement:I serve to impact change in our communities and community members through my own passion to serve. 

Career/ after CY aspirations: Public Health 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: Yes because I feel like it is underrated as a letter and I can’t think of too many things that start with Y so I would love to learn more. 

Passenger or driver: Driver 

Ocean or mountains: Mountains, but only because I have a dream where I live in the mountains with a plot of land and a bunch of animals. 

 

Head shot of Senior corps member Charles Whitney

Name: Charles Whitney 

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: Philadelphia, PA, Thurgood Marshall, 8th grade 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To see the community service side of City Year while simultaneously pushing myself to better my leadership and team work in an environment that requires high levels of both skills in order to be successful. 

Why I serve statement:I serve because I believe that everyone should have access to a baseline level of knowledge. I joined City Year to improve and create spaces for people to acquire that knowledge for the sake of a better world. 

Career/ after CY aspirations: As of now I plan to join the Peace Corps to expand my service to an international level. 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: Z because I don’t know very many words that start with Z and it is a very underused letter. 

Passenger or driver: Driver 

Ocean or mountains: Mountains because they are cool, and I can’t swim. 

 

Head shot of senior corps member Jake Smith

Name: Jake Smith 

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA 

Previous City Year site, school and grade: Baton Rouge, LA, The Idea Bridge Academy and College Prep, 2nd grade 

Why did you want to join Care Force: To be more involved in the community, but also to grow more as an individual and to strengthen my own skills. 

Why I serve statement:I serve to give back to the communities across the country, and to support the growth of youth. I would like to make it easier for kids to come across resources no matter their circumstances.  

Career/ after CY aspirations: Entrepreneurship or construction 

If you had to read an entire encyclopedia which letter would you choose: V 

Passenger or driver: Driver 

Ocean or mountains: Mountains 

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