American Express Provides Generous Support for Corps Development

Today’s guest bloggers are CYNY Development intern Cortney Couillard and Corps Member, Nicholas Wilken on the 130X Bain Team in the Bronx. 

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Keeping with tradition, City Year New York executed another great series of training and programming for its corps members, with the support of our Training and Mentor Sponsor, American Express. American Express made two of City Year New York’s major events this past month possible — our annual Mid-Year Summit and a Resume & Interview skills workshop for corps members. Mid-Year Summit is a four day retreat for corps members, held during the mid-winter recess of New York public schools. During the retreat corps members have a chance to strengthen their professional and service skills, as well as an opportunity to reflect on their service and strengthen their team relationships.

We began Mid-Year Summit with a day of LACY (Leadership After City Year) sessions. Sessions included everything from “Compassion Fatigue” to “Own Your LACY”, with the latter providing time for Corps Members to work on applications, develop career plans, or catch up on service-related assignments.

I attended sessions on conflict resolution and the Pear model. In conflict resolution we discussed different approaches to conflict along with the pros and cons of each. The skills taught during this session are applicable not only to maintaining a healthy team dynamic, but also to everyday life. In the Pear model session, we discussed various facets of the human experience and our needs. One big take-away from this was the domino-like effect of stress on our life and the importance of self-care.

To end the week, corps members had a chance to lead best practice sharing and other informational sessions. My team and I felt this was the highlight of the week. The corps members who led sessions did a fantastic job; some of the highlights were Reisy Veloz’  “Making of the Ghetto,” Faith Rivera’s “Global Education,” and Bethany Rice’s “Writing Assistance for the Common Core.”

While Mid-Year Summit was a great week and an awesome way to spend some time away from the classroom, some corps members also participated in a workshop on resume building and interview skills with American Express a few weeks later. These workshops allowed for corps members  to focus on their own professional skills outside of their work in classrooms; this time away from service provided essential career skills for corps members

Thank you again American Express for your generous sponsorship and volunteering to support our corps professional development!

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