Graduation season is upon us. After seventeen hundred hours of service completed,our AmeriCorps members will retire their khaki pants. We couldn’t be prouder of the accomplishments of the students, and the teachers and City Year AmeriCorps members who supported them this past school year. As the lockers clear out,classrooms sit empty for the summer, City Year’s offices grow quieter, we wait eagerly for the start of our next service year.
To help keep us inspired all summer long, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite videos about our students and corps members:
“I really do believe that our humanity is tied to one another. The issues in U.S. public education that affect kids’ lives tremendously, they affect all of our lives because we’re all connected. That as one of City Year’s core values was really appealing to me.” Watch to learn City Year AmeriCorps member, Dan Flynn, embodied the spirit of Ubuntu with the students he served in Boston.
We asked our AmeriCorps members and the students they serve to fill in the blank. “I believe ______.” Their answers inspired and amazed us.
"When I first got involved and got to know about City Year, they told me about all the things they were going to do for us. And I said, 'Yeah, right.' Low and behold, they not only accomplished the things they said they were going to, they accomplished more." Listen to our City Year Providence partner schools, teachers, parents and students share what City Year means to their community.
“One of the most rewarding parts of my year was getting to work with Brian, a student on my focus list. He was a very energetic, very loving kid, but he becomes very apathetic in the classroom.” Watch how Tina, a second year AmeriCorps member serving with City Year New York, built a relationship with Brian and how Brian’s grew over the course of the year.
Meet Helen, an 8th grader in Providence, RI, who was failing math until receiving academic support from a City Year AmeriCorps member. The personal attention improved her confidence, her classroom behavior and ultimately, her math grade.