Last year, while serving as an City Year AmeriCorps member, I met one student who stood out to me because he was particularly quiet. Having been a quiet student myself, I was drawn to this student. I was always encouraging him to participate, to ask questions, and to seek help in class when he needed it. One day at recess, he asked me to take a walk with him. He opened up to me about personal struggles he was facing. I felt honored and a weight of responsibility that he had trusted me for advice. As our relationship grew, he started to pay more attention in class as well as ask more questions, and it showed in his grades. He began to pass his math class for the first time.
In that moment, I truly realized how important the City Year corps member role is. Not only are we there to assist the students academically, but we are often their person when they need an ear to listen or a shoulder to lean on.
Before City Year, I never knew how much I could learn in one year. After my year of service, my passion to serve students was ignited. This year, I returned to City Year as a Project Leader on the Civic Engagement Team, the team that helps beautify school environments. Our job is to inspire students and remind them that there are people outside of their community who care.
I invite you to join me and my team for City Year Serves on November 4th as we paint over 50 murals at Penn Treaty School!