City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world.
As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. Just as important, during their year of service corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service.
As a City Year corps member, I have completed more than 1,800 hours of service, working primarily as a tutor and mentor in John Liechty Middle School, which is home to about 2,000 students. My 16 teammates and I are in every sixth-grade classroom, providing intensive academic support through one-on-one and small-group tutoring. We also provide morning tutoring and an after-school program open to all students.
Our after-school program, BITE, stands for "Believe, Inspire, Teach, Engage," a slogan that represents our mission to empower our students through service learning and diversity curriculum.
My service has given me a window into the joys of working with youth and the power of idealism. I have been inspired by my students and their passion, energy and humor,