Today’s guest blogger is Emmanuel Paul Sterling, City Year Recruitment Manager on the Regional Recruitment team. Emmanuel is a CYNY ’08 & ’09 alumni and now focuses on recruiting passionate and energetic individuals to serve with City Year.
Brian Guggenheimer, a corps member on the PS 48 Alcoa team in the South Bronx, and his family took on the task of taking an Open House to the next level. At City Year, we host Open Houses to give potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the organization. With that in mind, the Guggenheimer’s wanted to build awareness among families in Scarsdale, NY. In December, Brian and his parents were featured in an article in the Scarsdale Inquirer and decided to continue spreading the word by opening their home to families and friends of prospective corps members on Thursday, March 8th.
The intimate event gave Brian and his parents the opportunity to share their perspectives of the program. Brian was able to talk about his experience working in the South Bronx and the opportunities given to him. Brian is a graduate of Scarsdale High School and with the support of his parents decided to take advantage of a gap year or a “bonus year” as Liz Guggenheimer alluded. In addition, we took advantage of this opportunity to share the impact of City Year, our recruitment efforts, and how attendees could support the cause and get involved.
This was a really unique event that gave me a glimpse into what future outreach events could look like. More importantly, it’s because of efforts of family and supporters like the Guggehheimer’s that help build a better understanding of National Service. Thank you to the City Year staff members on the local and national level for attending the event. And a special thank to the corps members who attended the event and openly shared their experiences.