Graduation Recap: The Spirit of City Year
Every year at Graduation, when our AmeriCorps members mark the completion of their service year, Comcast NBCUniveral announces the winner of the Spirit of City Year Award, an honor that goes to a peer-nominated AmeriCorps member who exemplifies City Year values. On June 14 this year, the room erupted with cheers when the winner was announced to be Julie Cusano. Here are her remarks from the event.
From Humble Beginnings to Six Strong
“All of us may have come from different parts of the U.S., backgrounds, and education, but we all found a common ground that made us closer.” Hear more from AmeriCorps member Angel Lee on how her team grew and flourished this year, shaping each other into stronger leaders.
My Greatest Teachers
“On the first day of school, I was not expecting my students to teach me much this year. I mean, there was so much I had to teach them, like fractions and how a sentence works. Besides the different Fortnite dances and what the latest meme was, wasn’t I the one supposed to be teaching them?”
My Mental Health & Me
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time where communities can come together to learn about mental health strategies and struggles, and to hear the stories of those who are on their way to mental well-being. In this blog, Service Leader Jonah Stevenson shares his struggles and triumphs with mental health over the course of his City Year journey, and how his two years of service have shaped him into a mental health advocate.
Planning a Literacy Family Engagement Night
“Even though I had spent the previous four weeks or so going nuts over the most minute details, as I walked around the event, I realized that I never had to worry at all... I saw how much fun the students and their families were having. The smiles on the children’s faces when they got a question right and turned to their parents to celebrate their success—really, there’s nothing like it.” Hear more from McDonough’s Abby Milonas on their recent literacy night and how she and her team pulled it off!