I feel incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to run with the Inaugural City Year Boston 2015 Marathon Team this year in support of the 265 City Year AmeriCorps members serving every day in our great city.
I am a City Year Boston '13, '14 Americorps Alumni. I served both years at the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan, MA. As a corps member, I worked with high need students to help get them back on track by focusing on their attendance, behavior, and coursework. I can easily say that it was one of the most valuable experiences of my life.
I attended the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and developed a passion for community service during my time with The Friars Society of WCU, an honorary service organization that served the school and its surrounding community. Upon graduating in 2012, I was looking for an experience to take that passion for service even farther. While my eyes were opened to the power of service to our communities, my service so far felt somewhat voyeuristic. I would enter different communities and people’s lives and leave, sharing amazing moments but in the end going back to my own day to day of school and work. City Year seemed to have the dedication to service I had but also the learning experience of immersing yourself in a new community and serving and working with people day in and day out I desired. I applied and was accepted for the 2012-2013 corps year.
While I was excited to start my service, I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on my own life. I came to realize, as many corps members do, that it is not only about helping your students with their education but also learning about yourself throughout the process. I know many of my students capitalized on the structure and support City Year gave them and became very successful young individuals but what they do not know is how much they taught me. I was inspired every day by what my students went through and how much they could accomplish with a little push. I saw a side of life and education I had never been exposed to and came to realize just how important and urgent the issues of education are in our society.
After serving for two years, I accepted a teaching position at the Brooke Charter School in East Boston, a public charter school in my neighborhood. I first heard of Brooke because they partner with City Year's LACY (Leadership After City Year) program and share the same ambitious goals of closing the achievement gap in Boston. City Year helped me define my passion for service and is the reason I decided to go into education full time. I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to give back to this amazing organization and support corps members like myself by fundraising and running for the City Year Boston 2015 Marathon Team.
City Year wrote -
City Year Boston is thrilled to partner with John Hancock for the 2015 Boston Marathon! Our team members will be lacing up their sneakers to support the 265 City Year Americorps members serving students in twenty-one public schools in our community.
At City Year, we’re working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support the students in the communities need and what their schools are designed to provide. In doing so, we're helping to increase graduation rates across the country, and making an impact in the lives of the students we serve.
In Boston, our AmeriCorps members work each day with nearly 11,000 students in grades three through nine, serving as tutors, mentors and role models for
the students who need it most. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, corps members are uniquely positioned to help students reach their full potential and make it to graduation on track and on time.
We encourage you to get to know our runners and read about their inspiring reasons for supporting City Year’s work. If you are moved to make a donation, please know how much we appreciate your investment and support. We hope you will join us in cheering on the City Year team on April 20, 2015!