By Chelsi Chastain, City Year L.A. AmeriCorps Member, 2014-2015

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Starting something new is always an adventure. It will test your strengths and weaknesses, your ability to be flexible and your creative problem-solving skills. 

As I began my City Year journey at Theodore Roosevelt High School, I put my bow in my hair, a smile on my face, and hoped for the best.  Walking into a school with a rich history and a beautiful expansive campus of over 2,000 students took my breath away.  As I met with teachers, and eventually students, one thing became immediately apparent: Roosevelt Rough Riders are remarkable and resilient. 

Since those first few days, I’ve worked hard to give my students all the skills that got me to where I am today. And every day I leave Roosevelt grateful that City Year has given me the opportunity to be a part of something so great.

A legacy can take many forms. My hope is that City Year’s legacy at Roosevelt is rooted in the City Year value “Belief in the Power of Young People.” To me, that would mean the curious young people I see in the classroom each day feel empowered to seek knowledge and ultimately change the world in their own way. 

Every time a student calls me “Miss,” or raises his hand for help, I am reminded that the work I am doing is worthwhile and necessary.  I am confident that my hard work will become the best prize life has to offer by making my students successful long after I have completed my year of service.

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