As NYC temperatures are rising our 22nd Street office is abuzz with incoming corps members getting ready to register for the 2014-2015 corps year. Check out some of the conversations we had with the awesome incoming corps members at our first summer registration day!
Name: Laura Fields
Hometown: Greenwich, CT
What were you doing before City Year? Senior at the University of Miami and working as a Recruitment and Admissions intern at City Year Miami.
How did you find out about City Year? I found out about City Year in a class during my sophomore year of college. I was a Human and Social Development Major and we worked very closely with one of the UM Masters programs called Community and Social Change. One the students in that program (a former City Year Miami corps member) came and talked to us about City Year and I just fell in love with it.
What are you looking forward to most? I’m looking forward to working with a diverse group of people. Especially a group of people that are just very passionate about working with children.
Are you nervous about anything? Working with kids! (laughs) I know it can get tiring and sometimes we will have long, challenging days. In the end we’re here for the long run and we’re in this together. I know that as a team we’ll be able to pull through.
What do you want to get out of your year of service? I know I want to go into education but I’m not entirely sure what side of it yet. Whether I decide to be a teacher or an administrator in a nonprofit or an actual school, I’m hoping that working for [City Year] will give me a better idea of what side of education I want to be on.
Name: Sherry Moldey
Hometown: New York, NY
What were you doing before City Year? Graduated from Hunter College in January
How did you find out about City Year? At Hunter – I had heard about City Year before but I was in the cafeteria one day and saw a flyer and decided to apply.
What are looking forward to most? I’m so excited to be working with kids. It’s a little nerve racking because I know we will experience so many different personalities and situations. However, I’m really looking forward to making that connection and impacting a child. What I ultimately want to do is to counsel and help kids.
If there is one thing that you think has prepared you for your year of service what do you think it would be? I’ve worked with kids all my life. I’ve worked as a counselor for young women through my church so I feel as though I have that natural connection with children.
Anything you’re nervous about? Not really. I’m curious to know who I will be working with and who my team leader is going to be but other than that I’m really excited!
Name: Isaiah Gonzalez
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
What were you doing before City Year? Graduated from Lock Haven with a Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Youth Development at Lock Haven University. Right now I’m interning as a Program Director for Upward Bound.
What are looking forward to most? Lock Haven is a pretty small town so it was a bit of a culture shock for me to move from NYC to such a rural area. It will be nice to get back into the city and see how students deal with different situations based on their surroundings. I’m sure that some of the issues I faced with the students from Lock Haven will be very different from those in the city, not just academically speaking. It will be interesting to see how students’ needs are different depending on location and also how I can work to support them.
Why City Year? Initially I was interested in City Year as an internship opportunity but as I learned more about the program I realized it was exactly what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to work with students and kids and help them with academics and be a resource for them in class so my advisor encouraged me to apply.
What are your plans for after City Year? I want to be a Program Director of some sort of organization or non-profit so this is great experience working with different students from all kinds of backgrounds and different cultures.