2017-02-13


(From left: Robert Alvarado, Matthew Winn, Deantonio Harris, Jesus Hernandez, Jose Martinez)

We aspire to develop a culture of Level Five leadership across the organization, fostering a blend of great humility with intense professional will. Meet five of our AmeriCorps members from the Roosevelt High School team in Boyle Heights who embody the qualities of what author Jim Collins (Good to Great ) calls Level Five leadership: humility, will, boldness, courage, and perseverance. Read why they believe delivering full-time service with City Year has helped them embrace these critical professional qualities.


WHY I SERVE WITH CITY YEAR 

I made the decision to serve because I came from situations similar to those our students face. I wanted to help as many young people achieve their dream of getting to college. I had a mentor growing up and from that experience. I know the value of having someone push you toward academic success. I just wanted to give that feeling back to as many young people as possible.

MY PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

I believe the most valuable professional development skill I have gained from my time with City Year L.A. is the ability to work with different people. The ability to collaborate with others is exceptional because when you do it well, you are able to gather many different perspectives and you realize that there are many paths to success. Your way is not the only way. 

 

 

WHY I SERVE WITH CITY YEAR

I serve because I refuse to be complacent and let students of color continue to be chewed up and spit out by a system that was not meant for them to succeed. As City Year AmeriCorps members, we have the power to potentially change the fate of our students by working closely with them and pushing them to reach their full potential. I also serve because I see a lack of representation for queer men of color. It is crucial for students to be exposed to distinct identities and become more accepting because that's how a community is built. Together, marginalized communities will have to stand up for each other whenever a group's rights are in danger of being denied. In the words of Angela Davis, "Justice is indivisible. You can't decide who gets civil rights and who doesn't. 

MY PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

I saw my leadership skills enhance my first few months of serving with City Year. City Year is an organization that gives any young person the opportunity to become a great leader. For me, my leadership skills/experience in a classroom environment has helped with my Life After City Year (LACY) plans. I was chosen to serve next school year with Teach For America in Los Angeles, where I will be teaching Early Childhood Education. Not only am I more familiar with the Los Angeles community, but my confidence to tackle this next chapter of my life has increased, thanks to my experience with City Year and my Roosevelt High School team in Boyle Heights.  

WHY I SERVE WITH CITY YEAR

I decided to serve with City Year because, after graduating from college, I felt that I had a pretty good understanding of how systems of oppression operate on an intellectual level, but I didn’t really feel like I was doing anything to address it. I wanted to be involved in some sort of direct action. City Year seemed like a great opportunity to work on the front lines of one of this country’s most prominent inequities — education.

MY PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

For me, City Year has been an invaluable introduction to professionalism. This year has helped me with everything from being on time, to answering emails promptly, to figuring out how to find an appropriate life/work balance. Additionally, City Year has really taught me the value of collaboration, an area I tended to avoid in previous work settings.  

 

 

WHY I SERVE WITH CITY YEAR

I serve because I want to give back to communities like the ones I grew up in. I am deeply aware of my own struggles and challenges as a man of color from communities like those we serve. I wish to help boys and young men of color to recognize and realize their potential. I serve because it is through service and the ripples we create with our actions that will lead to the creation of a better world that does not yet exist.

MY PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

My service has allowed me the opportunity to prepare for a future in the field of education. City Year is a structured professional environment that has definitely helped me develop my skills as a reflective practitioner. Here I have opportunities to collaborate with teachers and work closely with students in a variety of settings. City Year has also provided a space for me to challenge myself and take on tasks and responsibilities that will translate to any professional setting that I find myself in.

 

WHY I SERVE WITH CITY YEAR

I grew up with a lot of incorrect assumptions about what I was and was not capable of. I didn’t really learn how those assumptions held me back from setting larger goals for myself until I was about to graduate from college. By that point, it was too late. I am serving because I don’t want other students to do the same. I want them to dream big and to know that they really can be anything they want to be if they work at it.

MY PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

As someone who is interested in teaching, I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with the City Year Impact Coaches. They have observed and coached me in my work with my students for the past 18 months. I feel confident that I have the skills to be successful in teaching because of this. I am also glad to have worked with two different teams as a Second Year AmeriCorps member; I have learned a lot about communication and effective conflict management. 

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