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2019-10-24

On September 12th, the entire City Year New Hampshire site gathered for an incredibly significant moment in our service year: the Red Jacket Dedication Ceremony. Each AmeriCorps and staff member receives their red jacket on this occasion and dedicates their jacket to a person, idea, or cause that inspires them to show up as their best selves every day of service. Our Red Jacket Dedication blog series features stories from our AmeriCorps members on what inspires them to put on their red jacket every day and deliver excellent service.

 

By William Farley, AmeriCorps member serving on the Parker-Varney Elementary School Team. 

 

 
I am dedicating my red jacket to all those who supported me as mentors, as followers, and as friends. 

To me this dedication is about remembering those who have supported me in the sense that a mentor supports a student. When I think of my dedication, I want to remember those who have nurtured me. I want to remember the countless people who built my personal love of learning. I want to remember those who helped me learn when I fell behind. I want to remember those who believed in my ability to be more than my lowest test scores. I want to remember those who supported my choice to challenge myself with my learning. I want to remember the perseverance they taught me. I want to remember the patience they taught me. I want to remember the wisdom I they taught me. I want to remember those who taught me that wisdom is more than knowledge. I want to live by the wisdom I have been taught. 

This dedication is also about remembering those who have supported me in the sense that a supporter supports a leader. When I think of my red jacket dedication, I want to remember those that have looked up to me in the past as a mentor. I want to remember the confidence I saw grow in them. I want to remember the joy we shared in hard circumstances. I want to remember the good that I have done with others. I want to remember the personal growth we have achieved together. I want to remember the trust they put in me. I want to remember what others see in me, and I want to live up to what they see in me. 

This dedication is also about remembering those who have supported me in the sense that a friend supports a friend. When I think of my red jacket dedication, I want to remember those I have shared life with. I want to remember the compassion we gave each other. I want to remember the ones who told me it is ok to let my emotions show. I want to remember the way we called each other out. I want to remember the ones who showed me self-care. I want to remember the belief we share in each other. I want to remember the respect we gave each other. I want to remember to believe in idealism. 

Remembering all these people during my year of service will keep me motivated as I support my students. I serve in part because I believe that I have come this far only because of the support that I have received from others, so I want to give back by taking a year to support others. It is my hope that as I live up to the support I have received, I will help grow another generation of young people capable of providing compassion, wisdom, and guidance to one another.   

 

Be sure to read our other Red Jacket Dedication blogs! 

Showing Up for Others by Lindsay Veilleux, Beech Street School Team 

To Future Generations by Kelsi Bucknam, Northwest Elementary School Team 

 

 

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