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Mollie Taxe is the Site Director of Communities in Schools at John Liechty Middle School, part of the Pico Union/ Westlake community. CIS’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Mollie’s impact on campus comes from far more than just her service with CIS. Mollie’s voice can be heard every morning leading students through the daily announcements, cheerfully saying hello to everyone that she sees, or selling school swag at our JLMS Shark Shop.

Mollie’s support of City Year reaches back several years, serving with City Year New York during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Q: What impact have you witnessed City Year have on our school?

A: Overall, City Year adds vibrant energy to the school; both through their relationships with students, but also through morning power greeting, music in the quad, after school programming, and events. They make school and work more enjoyable overall.

Q: How does having a City Year mentor in a student's life make a difference?

A: Students connect on a different level with City Year mentors because they are with them throughout the day. Often, students will share needs or interests with their City Year mentor that they wouldn’t share with anyone else. Also, City Year mentors are great role models for students, showing students the importance of working hard, working on a team, and caring about the community.

Q: How do Community in Schools and City Year AmeriCorps Members collaborate here at JLMS?

A: CIS & City Year collaborate both in event planning and intervention planning. CIS has a caseload of students that they work with, and many of them overlap with the students that City Year works with. Through that we try to find interventions that support students both in the classroom and outside.

Q: What is your favorite thing about City Year?

A: My favorite things about City Year are their energy, positivity, and willingness to collaborate.

Q: From what you see and feel - how does having City Year on the school campus affect the school environment?

A: I think City Year enriches the school environment by adding youthful energy and idealism to the students, teachers, and staff.

Q: What message would you like to share with the City Year team?

A: Thank you, City Year Team for your passion, compassion, and eagerness to support the Liechty students.

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