Our Impact Managers work alongside our AmeriCorps members every day. Here's there advice for a strong year of service!
Find out why you are with City Year. Your "why" will help you maintain purpose and direction throughout the year. Take time on your own to truly understand the mission and vision of City Year so that you can get a better understanding of the organization you are serving with.
Constantly seek ways to gain different perspectives.
Seek to understand before being understood.
Leadership is not about what a leader can get, but about what they are willing to give up (for a year).
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
Go into this experience "with an open heart and an open mind." This will carry you further than you could ever imagine.
Be your best, so your students can be their best
Come in with a service mindset and keep it all year!!!
Learn on your fellow teammates for support during tough times.
Be proactive, not reactive
Be a self-starter and take initiative.
Don't complain all the time!
Be present and mindful in your service year...the year will go by fast.
Keep an open mind at all times.
Get ready to grow as a person and leader.
Make time for yourself outside of serving - do things that are fun for you!
Take a chance to talk to every person in the corps and staff at least once.
Prepare to be unprepared.
Think of every challenge as an opportunity to create better! Everything happens for a reason and it is our responsibility to highlight the positive and to try not to focus our energy on the things we cannot change.
"To serve is to put something bigger than yourself for the benefit of others first."
Listen to understand.
Always remember that you may not change every single student, but changing one student will provide lasting impact!