On Wednesday January 7th City Year New Hampshire hosted incoming confirmed corps members and prospective applicants for a Shadow Day. Attendees participated in workshops, learned more about the role of a corps member, and had the opportunity to visit two elementary schools.

2015-2016 confirmed City Year AmeriCorps Member, Jacob Yoder, a Senior at the State University of New York at New Paltz shares his experience as a participant in the shadow day.

Having been accepted to City Year New Hampshire, I was absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to attend a shadow day in order to get an inside view of what my life would be like as a corps member. I went to the shadow day hoping to get an impression of how I would fit in the program, what kind of co-workers I would be surrounded by, and how City Year would benefit my own progress in life. I got a lot of my answers within the first few minutes of entering the City Year office, thanks to the warm welcome of the recruiter (Vilma Rodrigues-Silva) and the enthusiastic friendliness of the current corps members as well as other applicants attending the shadow day. It didn't take long before we were all standing in a circle talking, laughing and getting to know each other. I felt extremely well received, as if being welcomed into a family.

The rest of the day flowed smoothly and was incredibly informative. The panel of current senior corps members who are serving a second year provided an excellent opportunity to have all our questions answered and get an idea of how City Year would fit into our lives and allow us to serve while also serving us. By the end of the panel, I was 99% certain that I wanted to be a part of this tremendous organization, serving alongside the inspirational individuals I was sharing my time with that day.

The last 1% came from visiting the schools. Seeing how intimately the corps members interacted with the children and how natural their position was in the education environment made City Year even more impressive. By the end of the day I was certain it was an experience I wanted to have. As a future City Year corps member, I am looking forward to making a difference in a way that will not only change the lives of individuals for the better, but will serve to better the equality of my entire society. I am looking forward to the opportunity to battle poverty at its roots through education. And most of all, I am looking forward to the opportunity to inspire the children I am working with to not only succeed, but to be of service in their own lives.

To learn more about applying to be a City Year corps member, visit www.cityyear.org or contact Vilma Rodrigues-Silva (vrodrigues-silva@cityyear.org, @vilmarodrigues_). City Year’s next application deadline is February 15th.

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