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.

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!

Little things such as showing encouragement and a positive attitude can make a student’s day!

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.

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.

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.

Click here to learn more about how to serve with City Year as an AmeriCorps member. Make a difference in a young person's life over the next year.




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