“Everybody can be great, because everyone can serve.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At City Year we know that giving a year of service is challenging but it is also incredibly rewarding. In the segment “What I Expected and What I Received from City Year” we interview AmeriCorps members to find out what they expected coming into City Year and learn what unexpected things they received.

Korbyn J. Mingledorf is a Team Leaders serving on the Sea Best Tea, at William M. Raines High School. Korbyn is originally from Savanah, GA, though she fell in love with Jacksonville while visiting family.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Oh man, that’s hard. If I could have any super power…I would say Time Control. I get to rewind, freeze, fast forward. I would go back to Ghana. I vacationed there once, and it was amazing. 

What was your thought process up to applying to CityYear? What made you want to dedicate a year in service?

It was my best friend. She was doing a year of service with City Year Providence. All she talked about was pro-CityYear. And she is so pro-service, even to this day. She told me I had to do this. When she described what CityYear did and the service that they provide, I said: “I’ll do it.” I do not regret turning in my application.

What were you hoping to gain from your AmeriCorps experience?

The main goal that I wanted to have was to make an impact. Whether that be at the school I served, whether that be on my team, whether that be on CityYear Jacksonville, whether that be on staff. It was to leave an impact. I vowed to myself that I would lead powerfully. Individually, I believe that I have made that impact with my students, at my schools, with my teams. However, I would like to make a larger impact now though, an impact on the City of Jacksonville.

What did you gain through City Year that you had not hoped for but are glad to have now?

First my patience and compassion. Patience wooo! Oh, my goodness my patience has expanded. My communication has also changed. The way I speak to people has changed. I was a hot head before and could snap at people at the first instance. I think before I speak now. My heart has grown a lot being in CityYear. I think about how I can help a situation when I come upon it now.

What are your final words to your students and your team?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. You can do anything you put your mind to. You are your own biggest competition. 

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