#HumansOfCYTulsa & in honor of Veterans Day:

“In the early spring of 2012, I joined the U.S. Army and shortly after high school graduation I left for boot camp.

I was trained in the basics of rifleman-ship, physical performance & critical thinking skills that could one day be used in combat situations. But, something I don’t believe you can train people to do is to feel the intense desire for service toward the betterment of others.

In the coming years of working on Blackhawk helicopters and aiding in state and government relief programs, I would learn about what it meant to serve a cause greater than self. In 2018, as I started the two-year stretch of exiting the military, I reached for something similar that would offer the opportunity to serve those in need.

What I did not expect was to find that just 30 minutes north of my hometown in Haskell, OK, City Year Tulsa’s AmeriCorps members were serving a cause great than self as well—to reach those in need, to provide educational assistance, and in doing so, lower the high school dropout rates in communities across the country.

It was the perfect fit to continue serving as a veteran. I, alongside the AmeriCorps members I lead, are given unique opportunities every day to change the lives of students who so often grow up struggling with the same issues we did. City Year allows me to champion others, go the extra mile, and pour out compassion to a huge range of students and families across the city.

Service comes in all forms, and it lies in the hearts of so many without the proper outlet. The Army and City Year were just two of the many organizations that believe in serving a cause greater than self.

In the soldier’s creed there is a line that says “I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life” the AmeriCorps pledge says “I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.” If that isn’t proof we’re working towards the same goals I don’t know what is.”

- Samantha Hurst, City Year Tulsa Impact Manger

City Year Tulsa is proud to honor the many veterans continuing to serve with City Year, here in our Tulsa community, across this country and around the world. Thank you for continuing to choose to serve a cause greater than self. #makebetterhappen #veteransday

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