City Year Development Manager and City Year Seattle alum, Sean Morrin, sat down with the AmeriCorps members serving at Emerson Elementary School to record an interview for StoryCorps*. They discussed the motivation it takes for an AmeriCorps member to spend a year of service with City Year, the amazing things students do and say, and how much this year means for personal growth.
When talking about one of her 4th grade students, AmeriCorps member, Georgia Prudden, shared just how powerful her connection with this student is: "He calls me his lawyer. Because you tell your lawyer everything." It is through consistency, genuine interest, and shared humanity that Ms. Georgia has been able to become an advocate for her student.
*StoryCorps is a non-profit organization with the mission to preserve and share humanity's stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. At City Year, this speaks directly to one of our ten organizational values: Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is the concept that our individual humanity is inextricably tied to that of ever other person. For City Year AmeriCorps members, is it through service that humanity becomes shared. It is through story telling that we are able to spread those connections to the world.