Tweet your questions about what it’s like to serve with City Year to #askCY. Join us Thursday, April 16 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT and you’ll receive genuine, honest answers from three of our current AmeriCorps members.
Meet our panelists:
Name: Liam Cummings, @Liam_Cummings
Site: City Year Philadelphia
School: Penn State (University Park)
Hometown: Shelton, Connecticut
There are a lot of service organizations aimed toward recent high school graduates, that sell a “life-changing experience.” But when I found AmeriCorps, and City Year specifically, I saw an organization that focused instead on the profound impact they were making across the country. City Year is a true service organization. The focus is on improving the lives of the students, and that resonates with me. Make no mistake, City Year changed my life, too, but in the way that only dedicating 10 months to the service of others can.
Name: Meghan Mangrum, @memangrum
Site: City Year Orlando
School: University of South Florida
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
I serve with City Year because I want to make a difference in the lives of youth in my community. I believe that it is my duty to serve causes greater than myself, and I couldn’t find a better way to do that than alongside talented, driven peers in a position that would leave a lasting impact on at least one student’s life. City Year is truly what you make of it – if you are passionate and give it your all, then you will get the most out of your year. When it is hard or frustrating (because it will be at times), remember what inspired you to commit yourself to a year of service and remember that there is a student sitting in class waiting to see your smile.
Name: Tommey Liang, @tommeyliang
Site: City Year Jacksonville
School: University of Florida
Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida
During college, I went on a Florida Alternative Breaks trip to an elementary school in Atlanta. There, I got to witness, firsthand, the social issue of educational inequality. I was interested in a variety of social justice issues before, but that trip definitely sparked my fire. During my corps year, I've been challenged on professional, social and emotional levels. Whether it's building relationships with students and seeing those socio-academic improvements, or working with teammates or partner teachers, I strive to find ways to grow from every opportunities.