In December 2016, City Year Seattle’s Alumni Board launched the Shoulders of Giants Alumni Giving Club. For just $10 each month, alumni are powering the service of City Year’s corps. In addition to supporting this worthy cause, Shoulders of Giants provides an avenue for alumni to reconnect and receive exclusive benefits.
City Year Seattle alumni board member, Emma Dixon, recently caught up with fellow City Year Seattle alumnus, Kwame Edwards, to talk about his continued connection to service.
From left: Kwame and his MLK Team with team sponsor, Floyd Udell Jones; Kwame's current headshot; Kwame and teammate, Andy, in a silly Opening Day picture.
EMMA: What are you up to these days?
KWAME: I am currently in the middle of finishing my Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting with a double minor in Economics and Management of Information Systems at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
How do you stay connected to City Year Seattle/King County?
City Year isn’t just a year, it’s a journey to the end of inequality, education reform, and a better tomorrow. I have this crazy belief that if everyone were equipped with the skills and knowledge to seek out what they’re most passionate about the world will be a better place and good will overpower evil. As long as City Year continues to make it possible to look into a child’s eyes, tell them that they could be anything they want to be and mean it, I will continue to support and be a part of the CY community.
Why did you join the Shoulders of Giants Club?
During my service year if I couldn’t teach my student anything else, I made it my mission to teach them that someone cares. Fighting the dropout crisis and inspiring education reform is no easy task. Since my service year, I have been pondering what I can do now to continue my impact and show the community I served in that someone cares. When I was informed of this opportunity I jumped at it. It also helps that the Alumni Board is made up of people I served with, admire, and respect.
What is your favorite City Year Memory?
Towards the end of the school year, a Vietnamese mother (who did not speak English) placed my hand between hers, looked me in the eyes and said just two simple words: “thank you.”
As a corps member, you typically don’t get to see the harvest of the seeds you sow – you don’t get to see your student graduate high school or receive that college acceptance letter – but it that moment, she found the words to show me that she appreciated and saw the impact I made in her son’s life. That moment solidified why I served. It also reminded me that appreciation is a universal concept, and I need to continue carrying that CY value of appreciation.
What is your personal life motto?
“Getting from one side of the world to the next and back while being enriched by culture and having a positive impact on the people I meet along the way.”
Who would play you in a movie?