As a City Year corps member, I serve in a 6th grade humanities classroom and help facilitate one of the Young Achievers after-school programs, HASP (Homework After-School Support Program). Through both of these settings, I have been able to watch several of my students grow both personally and academically. A few days ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with one of these incredible young adults. Below is the conversation we had.
S (Student): Hi.
Me: So, first question. What do you think City Year does best?
S: I think the thing that City Year does best is they help people out with their work and also help people with difficult situations.
Me: Ok, can you give me an example of what a difficult situation might be that City Year helped you out with, or that you saw City Year help someone else with?
S: If somebody has a bad day, they’ll talk to them one on one and help them out and figure out strategies to get them through the day.
Me: Is there an area that you think City Year has personally helped you out with over the course of the year?
S: Ummm…Not really…
Me: I think I’ve noticed a few huge things. One is that you’ve been getting down to work really well. Even if you get upset, you’ve been able to get back to work in just a few minutes. Remember how hard that was at the beginning of the year?
S: Yeah, I guess. I have gotten better there. Continue reading