Monday, December 5, 2016

Walking in Service: From Alpha Phi Omega to City Year

The term “service” was first introduced to Eric while he was pledging Alpha Phi Omega. He learned and came to appreciate that service has many different definitions. It doesn’t always mean putting one’s life on the line or joining a military organization. Being a peer mentor gave him the confidence that he could lead someone into making better choices and convince them into thinking about their future. Read more about how Eric continued on to serve students with City Year Chicago.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Meet the new Co-Chairs of the National Alumni Advisory Board: Nellie Tsai ’05, ’06 and Stef Vestal ’06, ’07

At the fall meeting of the National Alumni Advisory Board and Site staff points on November 6, Nellie and Stef began their term of service as the Co-Chairs of the National Alumni Advisory Board (NAAB). We asked them to reflect on key service experiences, what they love about CY culture, what they do now, why they stayed so engaged with the alumni network, advice to fellow alums on getting involved and their vision for the alumni community. Read on to learn more about our new NAAB Co-Chairs.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What Do City Year AmeriCorps Members Do? Tutoring and Teamwork

Tutoring and teamwork are two key components to City Year. As a City Year AmeriCorps member, we serve as tutors in hundreds of schools across the United States. But what does tutoring actually look like at City Year? Akida Azad shares her experience serving as a tutor in Jacksonville.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Why I Became a Mentor (and Why You Should Mentor, too)

Why did I become a mentor? Growing up in Detroit, my twin brother and I were fortunate to have a strong support system in our mother and father, grandparents, mentors, and church family to help me graduate, succeed and prepare for college. This is not always the case for many high school students in my hometown city of Detroit. It’s like this headline says, having active mentors is a great tool for fighting educational inequities. I have always had a passion for mentoring young black men and women to help them change their lives for the better.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gaining Education Experience With City Year and Teach For America

Aaron Bos-Lun's passion for educational equity started long before he joined AmeriCorps. Inspired by his grandfather to give back, Aaron joined City Year D.C. right out of high school, where he lead a Saturday service learning program for middle-school students. After his commitment, Aaron attended Wheaton College in Massachusetts and took advantage of every opportunity to dismantle inequities in education. Because of his work with City Year and his experiences in college, Aaron felt ready to lead his own high school classroom as a 2012 Teach For America Miami corps member. We spoke with Aaron about his journey into the education sector to.