Jesse, along with her teammates (L to R); Blake, Jacob, and Eric 


Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m 21 years old and am from San Diego, California. Before City Year I completed just one year of college before embarking on the crazy adventure that the last two years in AmeriCorps has taken me on. Upon my completion of my second year of AmeriCorps (the first being with NCCC) I plan to study at Evergreen State College in Washington.

How were you introduced to City Year?
One of my teammates in NCCC had done City Year in Columbus and loved it! It was just before spring break when I was trying to figure out what my next big move was going to be and that same teammate had suggested that I fill out an application. We had been on an education project together and he knew just how much I loved working with kids and the educational setting. Without him, I would have never considered or even know about City Year.

What has been your most memorable experience with City Year?
My most memorable experience with City Year thus far was during the first semester. It was the last Monday before winter break and my English class had just started. One of my students, who normally has a very big personality and loves making his peers laugh, walked in and immediately put his head down on his desk. I tried to see what was wrong with him but nothing seemed to work so I then offered to take him out of the class. He quickly agreed and we made our way to the school library. I didn’t push him to talk about anything that he wasn’t ready to, so I began by asking him questions about his childhood and what his family was like. After a few minutes, he really started opening up to me and we used the remainder of the class to play a variety of English themed games. Words cannot begin to explain how happy it made me feel to see one of my students enter the class so down and turn around and leave with such a big smile on his face.

If you could be any shoe, what kind of shoe would you be?
I would definitely have to go with Brooks Ghost. These are my go-to running shoes and I’ve been known to spend way too much money that I already don’t have on this brand and model. But hey, when you love running as much as I do, you go to do what you got to do.


Sometimes at their school, students will dress up the John Hope team.

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