2018-10-25

#HumansOfCYTulsa and in honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month:

“Dyslexia is a topic that is near to my heart because I and many other students have been directly affected by it.

When I was a child I was born with amblyopia, basically an eye that would not stay in place, I had surgery to correct the floating eye and the muscles in my eye were over corrected. This affected my ability to be able to read and write, dyslexia.

I grew up in a small town and went to a small school in Arkansas, in the Mississippi River Delta. My parents knew there was something wrong because I was not able to read or write by the first grade.

In the second grade I began to take on a label. My teacher was not the most compassionate and told me she would not be able to read anything to me because, “that is the same as being given the answer.”

Later in the school year there was a party for all of the students that received proficient or advanced grades while everyone else had to hang back and work on work. I was devastated because the teacher mentioned to another teacher that we were the “dumb” kids.

My mother was a teacher and was very educated on the subject. She advocated for me to have a 504 and she also got me every tutor she could.

We went to after school tutoring every week from the 2nd-6th to get back on grade level because we were determined that I would not fail. My mother pushed me to do well throughout school and college.

When I saw an advertisement for City Year and read more about their mission I knew this was a way I could give back to my mom and all the people that helped me fight against dyslexia. Tutoring students comes naturally because I know how their minds work when trying to figure things out."

- Megan Carter, AmeriCorps member with City Year Tulsa.

Your struggles can become your strengths. You can use them to motivate yourself to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Do you want to #makebetterhappen for students and yourself? Apply today to serve with City Year helping students reach their full potential while fulfilling your own.

Learn more at www.cityyear.org/tulsa or start your application at http://bit.ly/joincytulsa.

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