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by Brendan Anderson, AmeriCorps member on the Staples team with Curley K-8 School

If you believe in social justice for all, the power of young people, and service to a cause greater than self, then, congratulations! You’re ready to be a City Year! Now, if the application seems overwhelming, here are some helpful tips:

1. Enlist a friend.

A friend can be a second set of eyes on your application, a sounding board, and even a source of inspiration. When I applied, I spent several hours staring at an empty screen, unable even to start, until a friend asked me the questions. He helped me figure out the stories that really mattered and I took notes that later developed into answers.

2. Make sure to do your homework.

If you’ve found this blog post, then you’re already taking this advice! Make sure to read about City Year’s values and mission, and continue doing research in preparation for your interview!

3. Be specific.

The more specific you are, the stronger your application will be! Is there a moment that made you believe working with students is meaningful? Have you ever worked as part of a team? What inspires you to support others’ learning? What was your experience as a student? If you can tie these answers into your responses, you will be able to tell very convincing stories.

Good luck!

Ready to apply? Get started here.

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