Authored by Nhoell Inthavong, City Year AmeriCorps Team Leader at Graham Hill Elementary School

As a part of the City Year experience we spend every other Friday away from our schools to participate in Learning and Development days. Students have asked where we go on these days, and I always respond, "We're going to learn even more so that we can become better City Years for you!"

These days provide a space to gain perspective and dive into reflection and new skills for our students and to grow as leaders beyond City Year experience. I am one of 89 AmeriCorps members who attend these days, in addition to our 21 full-time staff members. As a part of a school-based team, I get to see my eight teammates on a daily basis and know them well, as we spend 10 hours a day serviing together at the same school. Being able to come together with the whole corps twice a month to reflect, learn and grow at a place like the Seattle Center is great because, not only are we in the center of the city, but we are ALL able to be accommodated to be able to come together as one.

Because of Seattle Center’s generosity and space, group trainings are able to be adapted to the diverse individuals that make up City Year Seattle/King County. We have AmeriCorps members of diverse learning styles, leadership styles and personalities working in either middle schools or elementary schools, who also tutor different school subjects. The central location and beautiful whole group and breakout spaces available allow us to have several options to choose from when it comes to receiving the training we need to fit us as adult learners. Plus, they set up the space for us and have sipport staff ready to help us with any logistical needs, which come up when training so many people at once!

During our lunch breaks, it's also great to be able to explore the Armory and be filled with energy from the exciting atmosphere that the Seattle Center is always filled with. All of this is what makes our Learning and Development days something to look forward to as we are motivated to become better champions for our students. Don’t just take it from me! I asked Senior Leadership and Development Manager, Amy Heuton, about her experience working with Seattle Center this year.

“Our partnership with the Seattle Center is crucial to our training success. To say "thank you" to the Seattle Center would not be nearly enough. They are the engine behind our training days, making sure each logistical detail is take care of with flexibility and precision. Their support in the event planning process adds capacity for our work in ensuring our participants have a smooth experience to learn our content. Thanks to the generosity of Seattle Center, we are able to direct more resources to our work in schools and with students.” 

 We are proud to be partners with the Seattle Center and who can blame us with this view? 


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