Susan Dohli is Thomas Jefferson High School’s Restorative Justice Teacher Adviser. Her role is to encourage positive behavior and ultimately decrease the number of school suspensions.
How does City Year help build a positive school culture and climate? Power greeting and other welcoming activities. You all always have a ready smile. You make eye contact and say ‘good morning’ and ‘hello’ to staff and everyone in the hallways.
How would you describe the typical City Year AmeriCorps member? Optimistic, upbeat, energetic, good role models, determined, goal-oriented, college cheerleaders and risk-takers.
In your own words, why is City Year’s work important?
Urban schools are like ‘factory model schools.’ City Year offers a personalized curriculum and makes learning relevant to the individual student’s experience. City Year knows how to gauge the needs of teenagers. Plus, their positive vibes make the whole school environment more positive. City Year boosts morale.
What do you predict will be the lasting legacy of the City Year corps currently serving at Jefferson? Their legacy will be a boost in academic achievement and attendance rates, and more kids staying engaged. Also students learning how to advocate for empowerment, to use their voice to get what they need.