Brandie is a proud AmeriCorps Team Leader serving on the Ever Bank Team at the Leadership Academies at Butler Middle School.
What were you doing before City Year?
"Before City Year I was working for a bank at their call center in the customer service department. Needless to say that lifestyle was way too exciting for me (yea right), and I began to look for challenging and fun opportunities that would develop me. Luckily, I randomly met a City Year recruiter while out and about and the rest is history!"
Why did you choose to serve?
"I have always had a passion for helping others and helping transform communities. It is one of the true things that makes me happy. I wanted to find a place that allowed me to do that and use some of my innovative and creative ideas."
How have you been challenged?
"I have been challenged to learn how to handle multiple things being thrown at you (not literally). How to value thoughts, ideas and opinions of others (you never know what awesome things people have to say if you don't listen). And I have been challenged to always do more, the task is never done."
City Year culture is a big part of your service year. What was your favorite culture piece. Why?
"My favorite culture piece is community meeting because it is like a City Year culture burrito with everything wrapped up into one. I also love it because you get to learn so much about the team that is presenting and it is a fun engaging activity that really builds community."
How have you been personally impacted?
"I have been personally impacted by the growth I saw in my students. It gave me encouragement to know that I can make a difference. And now as a TL when I see growth in my team it gives me a positive spirit and energy that I can't describe."
How do you know you've made an impact?
"Whenever I am out and about after work and a person who I have never met shouts 'Hey City Year!' I know that we have made an impact somewhere."
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of job would make you rich?
"Helping others and seeing the positive outcome it makes on their lives...and cooking."