Five Things Friday: Why Should You Apply to City Year?

With only a few days until our early application deadline, we asked the experts (current CYNY corps and staff, teacher and students) why they think YOU should apply.

  1. Linda Posner, Teacher PS/IS 50: “We need City Year Corps Members because they make a positive difference in the lives of our students. They also serve as a major part of a school culture as mentors and role models. Anyone who wants to assume either of the above roles should apply to City Year.”
  2. Arielle Grossman, City Year New York Corps Member: “Corps members are the perfect ‘in-betweens’.  As near peers we blend the comfort, open ears, and encouragement of a friend with the consistency, reliability and knowledge of a teacher. We serve every day, develop every lesson, and give every high-five with the hope of inspiring our students to eventually graduate from high school.  What we don’t realize is that the students are teaching us and helping us grow as young adults along the way.”
  3. Deneja Lilly, City Year New York Corps Member: “City Year is a great opportunity to work with kids; you can see yourself in these children and remember when you were their age.  The kids look to you as a role model and as HELP.  Later in life they may strive to help others remembering that someone helped them.  City Year is also a way to build discipline – you HAVE to do PT, you HAVE to do team bonding, you HAVE to be on time – it’s a learning experience that benefits you while benefiting others.”
  4. Danielle Wolfe, City Year New York Program Manager, East Harlem: “City Year is a program that allows the opportunity to give back while developing greatly as a leader.”
  5. Jayden Sola, 1st Grade student in the South Bronx: “You should apply to City Year so that you can work with and help people.  I like when City Year teaches us.  I like when they give out stickers for being early and smiley bucks for behaving. I like when they’re outside for high 5s!”

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Today’s Five Things Friday is brought to you by Amy Furman and Kafui Akakpo.