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And now it’s time for “Putting Idealism to Work” *bing!* Check out our favorite PITW’s, according to each Senior AmeriCorps member of Team Care Force.

Albertine Samson - PITW#64 When Leading, Be Comfortable Being Misunderstood. 
This is a PITW I resonate with because it has motivated me to work on some of my weaknesses, whether that be public speaking, stepping up to a task, or speaking up in a group when I have something to say. My fear of being misunderstood keeps me from reaching my full potential. But from now on I am making a promise to myself to always choose courage over comfort 

Mark Johnson - PITW 7: "Delight" People- Exceed Expectations. 
I chose this PITW because I truly like to delight people. Not just on service events but in every facet of life. 

Fabiola Meza - PITW#135. Few Things Are as Important as Being on Time and in a Good Mood.
Being on time can be a difficult skill to master, but it is essential to what we do. I truly think that being in a good mood each day can help the team’s morale, as well as feeling excited for the day, even if sometimes it can be challenging. You never know what the day will bring, but if you begin each day with this PITW in mind you are ready to conquer anything.

Clark Shimeall - PITW #50 We Must Never Lose the Human Aspect of What We Are Doing.
Staying grounded in the human aspect of service is fundamental to retaining empathy, tolerance, and perspective, all of which can sometimes be in short supply during a service year. This is especially important to your time on Care Force because you often won't be in consistent contact with the communities we serve.

Rachel Rice - PITW #49 Don't Forget to Have Fun!
From my first service year to now, I have always liked this PITW because a lot of times we forget the real reason why we chose to do City Year, especially the impact we make during each event. Our service year is not always easy and sometimes we forget to enjoy what we do and the people we meet.

Ja’Lon Eason - PITW #28: Build Every Relationship with "CIA" - Communication, Involvement, and Appreciation.
I love this PITW because it reminds us that genuine relationships are never one sided and requires us to remember that everybody is a person first. Sometimes when we are building relationships, we forget that all three of these facets are important. Honest communication to engage each other, active involvement and effort from both parties, and mutual appreciation shown so that neither party develops a resentment; this is what I believe creates a strong relationship.

Jenna Kim - PITW #62: Admit Mistakes Freely.
This is the one PITW that I always carried around with me throughout my two years of service at City Year. In order to grow personally and professionally, I have to make mistakes, admit them, then learn from them. It reminds me that I'm human and making and admitting mistakes is a part of life.

Chaim Romanoff - PITW #49: Don't Forget to Have Fun!
This PITW resonates with me because fun can easily fall to the wayside, when it is actually one of the most important things to remember. Fun builds community, keeps folks engaged, and raises productivity in the long run.

Now that the FY19 corps year is coming to a close we realize the real challenge is keeping your idealism strong; that is a lifelong process. We challenge you to keep this particular PITW in mind: PITW #173 “I’m Ready, Choose Me.” All social change depends on individuals who declare themselves to be ready, who step forward and take initiative, who volunteer to take on the tasks at hand. Don’t let hesitation, inertia, or fear hold you back from stepping forward boldly. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore than I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I may not pass this way again.” 


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