Jo-Ann Yun, Ed.D. is a School Coordinator at Normandie Avenue Elementary in South L.A. Her responsibilities include being a Categorical Programs and Targeted Student Population Advisor.
How does City Year help build a positive school culture and climate? City Year has a heart and soul of gold. The AmeriCorps members always have a smile on their face, and they maintain the interest of students at all times. They truly portray positive school spirit, such as greeting students with morning songs and cheers, and through events like Literacy Night, Summer Slide, Bringing Books to Life and their after-school program.
How does having a City Year mentor in a student's life make a difference? Corps members are role models for young students. They invest lots of time in students, especially in personalizing their relationships with each individual kid. Some students really lack this kind of support outside of school, and City Year is able to really be there for students.
In your own words, why is City Year's work necessary? City Year positively impacts students' lives. Students look up to corps members. We need City Year because they bring lots of good to our school and they lift everyone's spirits!
What will be the lasting legacy for the 2014-2015 corps serving at Normandie? City Year is an army of good. This year’s team is cohesive, helpful and brings positive energy to our school. They are good-hearted people and always flexible.