On January 27, City Year Cleveland held its annual Advanced Training Academy (ATA). ATA is three days dedicated to training, reflecting and reviving our staff and AmeriCorps members in the middle of the school year. AmeriCorps members assess accomplishments and goals, and plan how to finish the year strong. Also, part of the time is spent on deepening their understanding of inclusivity and continuing the process of building the beloved community while connecting deeper as a team.

City Year Cleveland kicked off ATA with a State of the Site address that informed everyone on goals and the progress of the organization. After training sessions and an engaging site wide Olympics games competition, staff and AmeriCorps members were honored to host special guest, Blaine Griffin, Director of the Community Relations Board for City of Cleveland.

Blaine shared his story about growing up in Youngstown, Ohio and how his hard work allowed him to embark on a successful career. AmeriCorps and City Year staff engaged in a powerful conversation about violence, student safety and how to navigate these challenges in Cleveland. AmeriCorps members also were able to ask him candid questions and get critical advice to guide them in their current and future successes.  

Over the next two days, City Year Cleveland headed to an overnight camp where the team spent time participating in trainings and diversity sessions. Stephen Spaloss, City Year Regional Vice President South, and Chris Larson, City Year Regional Vice President Midwest, joined and led several impactful sessions.

“I loved ATA! I was so sad to leave….,” said one AmeriCorps member. “I never thought I would leave ATR feeling so recharged, motivated, inspired, reflective, fired-up, and ready to rock and powerfully impacted as I was.”

Visit our Flickr page to view the event photo album!

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