- Sarah Giles, City Year Los Angeles ‘13 and ‘14, Middle School English Teacher“I truly feel like all of my success is due to the skills I gained from City Year. Skills ranging from collaboration to organization to communication to hosting events, and so many more, were instrumental in my first year teaching. More so though, my relationships with my students in both my corps and senior corps years have allowed me to be successful. It was conversations with my first students that helped me plan my lessons. I often reminded myself to remember why Luis had said he was so bored in English class. It was memories of my first students that pushed me to open my classroom door on days I really didn’t want to, so that my current students could come in and I could start building relationships with them.”

- Sarah Giles, City Year Los Angeles ‘13 and ‘14, Middle School English Teacher

 

 

Nosa Osai, City Year Chicago ‘10 and ‘11, CTE Partnership Development Strategist at Chicago Public Schools

“While in City Year, I had the opportunity to network with politicians, business leaders and develop my professional communication skills. I was able to improve my public speaking and group leadership through the opportunities that I would have never thought were available to someone in their early twenties.”

- Nosa Osai, City Year Chicago ‘10 and ‘11, CTE Partnership Development Strategist at Chicago Public Schools

 

 

Luis Sierra, City Year Miami ‘12, Leadership Coach at the University of South Carolina“[City Year] showed me the true success and growth that comes from instilling purpose, pride and service in everything you do, and this is something that has continued to be reflected in my experiences following City Year, especially as something I strive to pass on to the students I work with now.”

- Luis Sierra, City Year Miami ‘12, Leadership Coach at the University of South Carolina

 

 

 

Lola Esmieu,  City Year Los Angeles ’11 and ’12, Associate Director for Programs at University of Pennsylvania“My time as a City Year AmeriCorps member gave me the opportunity to grow and develop as an individual, a student, and a professional. As a corps member, I received the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education’s highest merit scholarship through their scholarship partnership with City Year. City Year not only gave me the opportunity to continue my education but taught me how to maximize resources, work with very diverse constituencies, and most importantly, the value of being mission-centric. Possessing these skills has helped me stand out and be a successful professional in the field of education. People have noticed my work ethic, my drive, and my buy-in and have asked me, where did you learn to operate like this? My answer is always a simple one: City Year taught me.”

- Lola Esmieu,  City Year Los Angeles ’11 and ’12, Associate Director for Programs at University of Pennsylvania