2013-08-26

Today is the first day of school for students in the District, but before the students set foot in the halls, City Year was hard at work getting ready for the big day. On Saturday, staff and corps members, along with staff from Northrop Grumman, spent the morning at Kramer Middle School painting murals in the halls, building planter boxes outside and making colorful, original artwork for the library. City Year’s physical service projects are designed to make the schools in which we serve more inviting and engaging spaces to learn and grow.

In this post, you will meet the corps members behind City Year’s transformative service projects. The Civic Engagement Team plans and executes service projects every month in the schools and communities where we serve. The Civic Engagement team is sponsored by CSX Transportation.

Brown_JustinJustin Brown
Age: 23
Hometown: Temple Hills, MD
College: University of Maryland University College
Major: Social Science
Favorite subject in school: Art
Hobbies: Chess and reading
Favorite book as a child: Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets
Favorite Food: Blueberry Muffins
Goal for the year: To inspire others to help whenever and wherever they can by continuing to develop my leadership skills and through transformative, physical service.

Cha_NathanielNathaniel Cha
Age: 23
Hometown: Lincolnshire, IL
College: Calvin College
Major: Philosophy
Favorite subject in school: History, Philosophy, and Art History
Hobbies: Long walks, collecting vinyls, writing, cooking, and watching foreign films
Favorite book as a child: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Favorite Food: Bacon and avocados
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Goal for the year:  To stretch and challenge my intellectual and practical understanding of service. By sharpening foundational and necessary working skills, I hope to take what I learn this year and apply it to aspects of education.

CortezCalderon_NoemiNoemí Cortez Calderón
Age: 24
Hometown: Cd. Juárez, Chih. Mex. / El Paso TX
College: University of Texas at El Paso
Major: Philosophy and Sociology
Favorite subject in school: Latin American Border Studies/Sociology
Hobbies: Traveling/exploring, dancing, reading, listening to music and watching movies
Favorite book as a child: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? By Dr. Seuss
Favorite Food: Ice cream, fries and pizza
Languages spoken: English and Spanish
Goal for the year: Increase community involvement and start a student service reserves program.

Ilar_JerryJerry Ilar
Age: 24
Hometown:  Coopersville, MI
College: University of Michigan
Major: Environmental Studies Specializing in Urban Planning
Favorite subject in school: History and Math
Hobbies: Running
Favorite book as a child: Sideway Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Favorite Food: Mom’s Filipino home cooked meals
Languages spoken: German and a little bit of Tagalog
Goal for the year: One is to explore more of the DC neighborhoods and create stronger community ties with City Year and the school neighborhoods. A personal goal is to further develop my LACY plans by searching for jobs that will give me more experience in Urban Planning.

Moses_KimLaurence Kimber Moses
Age: 23
Hometown: Newport News, VA
College: George Mason University
Major: Integrative Studies
Favorite subject in school: Math and language arts
Hobbies: Jogging, gardening, cooking, backpacking in new cities, watching documentaries and movies
Favorite book as a child: Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Languages spoken: English, can understand some creole
Goal for the year: Growth and transformation within the communities we serve and within myself.

Vetter_MollyMolly Vetter
Age: 23
Hometown: Bedford, Texas
College: Trinity University, San Antonio TX
Major: Urban Studies, Political Science
Favorite subject in school: Social Studies
Hobbies: Cooking, running, reading, exploring
Favorite book as a child: Harry Potter
Favorite Food: enchiladas
Languages spoken: Spanish
Goal for the year: Growing as a leader, discovering my future plans/goals, engaging more community partners in service.

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