2015-10-07

Tomorrow marks the first month of our service in schools this year. The life-changing work in the classroom done by our team of over 200 AmeriCorps members is both rewarding and challenging.  Here are some words of encouragement from some seasoned veterans, our Second Year Corps Members. This group took on a year of service last year and is back for more. Below is their advice on how to make the most of the experience.

Be Patient.
Be open to meeting people different from yourself and trying things you may not normally have tried. Also, be patient with your students. While you may not see progress right away, you are certainly making a difference.
– Steve Burkholder, City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps Member serving at Kensington Health Sciences High School

Embrace Change.
Putting Idealism to Work 159: This is hard. Be strong.
Your life will be changed. Open your arms and embrace it.
– Jada Dozier, City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps Member serving at George W Childs Elementary School

Rely on your City Year Family.
When the going gets tough, don't hold back your thoughts. Talk and rely on your teammates and leadership, they've been through the same thing. Always remember you make your City Year experience!
– Emilia Bronson, City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps Member serving at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School

Expect the Unexpected.
Nothing can prepare you for the experience you are about to undergo, so expect the unexpected. In times of confusion, turn to a trusted friend or leader for advice.
– Dylan Matusek, City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps Member serving at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School

Prepare for Massive Growth.
Be yourself and keep an open mind. Whether you are from the area or not you will learn so much more from different cultures and about yourself. Prepare yourself for massive growth!
– Aliyah Clark, City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps Member serving at George W Childs Elementary School

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