Serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member is no easy feat. It can involve long workdays, maintaining composure in times of stress, and giving your all to support students. It challenges you. However, seeing your students make progress and succeed throughout the year make it all worthwhile. From helping students improve their grades to receiving thank yous from your students’ parents, working as an AmeriCorps member truly is a rewarding experience that sparks up your humanity. Here are just a few special moments from this past year of service that remind us of one of City Year’s core values, Ubuntu – I am a person through other people; my humanity is tied to yours.
AmeriCorps members tutor their students throughout the year and help improve their academic skills.
— Apply to City Year (@augerkatie) February 4, 2015
So happy to find out one of my ELA focus list students has moved up 5 reading levels & is officially on grade level!! #MakeBetterHappen
— charmander (@charleyeliza_) January 14, 2016
But even more than just improving grades, the AmeriCorps members’ excitement and willingness to be there for their students helps students to see learning as something that’s fun for them. Some of them even end the year loving equations and reading comprehension!
My student yesterday said, "math is fun! This is so weird." My job is done. #makebetterhappen
— Beech Street Team (@BeechStreet_CY) February 9, 2018
Today 2 kids asked if I would read lord of the flies w/ them and we proceeded to read/discuss for 2 hrs. It was awesome. #makebetterhappen
— Rachel Marx CY (@CYLRrachel) November 4, 2015
"Ms. Flanagan, I wish we had lessons like this all the time! My writing is gonna be great!" -A student after our session. #makebetterhappen
— Lauren Flanagan (@LaurenFlannie) January 6, 2016
Little things such as showing encouragement and a positive attitude can make a student’s day!
— Ruth Sava (@rsava_cyla) February 10, 2015
A student thanked me for giving her a space to feel comfortable and speak about her bullying experience. I'm a safe space #makebetterhappen
— Alex Williams (@I_HadADream) April 16, 2014
Parents of students often notice a change in behavior and determination in their children, and appreciate City Year, alongside their teachers and school administration, for aiding them in their kids’ academic and personal journies.
During walking school bus today. A parent came up to me and thanked me 4 being a positive influence in her child life! #makebetterhappen
— Ja'Quez D. Taylor (@directorjdt) November 2, 2016
Today two parents personally thanked me for the work I am doing with their children. I felt WONDERFUL. #makebetterhappen
— Olufemi J. Watson (@OJ_Watson) December 12, 2013
And perhaps one of the moments that makes the hard work of being a City Year AmeriCorps member worthwhile is when your students themselves realize how much you care about them and their success, both inside and outside of the classroom.
— Montrea Signater (@msigcybr) November 14, 2016
— Jeremiah Carver (@cityyear_carver) June 2, 2017
Serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member is not easy, but being a mentor, tutor and a friend to young students around the country is definitely a rewarding and enriching experience. Remember, young people have the power to change the world, and you have the power to help them do it. We look forward to seeing what our incoming teams of AmeriCorps members accomplish in schools across the country during the upcoming school year.