Five Things Friday

1. Winter Application Deadline: We are 4 days from our next application deadline. We need you help spreading the word – please encourage any potential applicants to apply before February 1st.

If you are in the process of filling out your application please read up on taking a gap year and see our tips on applying, help writing your CY essay and connect with other applicants on Facebook.

2. First in your Family Scholarship: Yesterday City Year announced an new scholarship, in partnership with Deloitte, for corps members who will be attending college next year. This scholarship is specifically targeted at corps members who will be the first in their family to attend college. For more information on applying and requirements please visit yesterday’s blog post.

3. Village Retreat: With the busy day to day schedule that our village keeps it can be difficult for us all to get together. This week we held a mid-year village retreat to reflect on our progress through the first half of the year, what improvement we can make, and to prepare for the rest of the year. We would like to thank everyone who helped lead this retreat – with a special thank you to:
Eric Nadelstern, Former Deputy Chancellor from the NYC DOE, for giving us an overview of school reform in New York City.
Andrew Bernstein, Author of the Myth of Stress, for leading us in the stress management technique Activeinsight.

4. Alumni Fundraiser:
The CYNY Alumni Board invites CY Alumni (friends and family welcome!) to come out to taste some wine together for their first fundraising event of the season. This promises to be a classy evening – a chance to reminisce about CY, networking, and of course, some great eats & wine. The event is February 16th at 6pm and tickets are $15. Please click here to register.

5. Advanced Training Academy (ATA): Today is the second and final day of our ATA. This year’s ATA gave corps members the opportunity to reflect on their impact, connect and share best practices and attend powerful training that will help prepare them for the second half of the year. We would like to thank all of our trainers that helped make ATA a success:
Andrew Bernstein, Author, The Myth of Stress
Daniel Selz, The Maybe Sherman Improv Groupl
Jeanette Then, Community and School Director, Children’s Aid Society
Jeff Palladino, Administrator, The Bronx Guild High School
Kevin Moore, Teacher, Graham Elementary School
Rebekah Marler, Former Principal, PS/IS 50
Sanda Balaban, Bridges for Learning Network, New York City Department of Education