By Adriana Ryan, Regional Recruitment Manager, City Year
I always had a passion for education and educational equity. I am a first generation college student and it was important for me to be an advocate for students like myself, given the opportunities I had because of the education system I grew up in. It was also important for me to advocate for students from historically marginalized groups and disadvantaged backgrounds. Upon graduation, I was unsure of how exactly I would turn this personal passion into a meaningful career. That's when I learned about City Year.
I heard about City Year through an alumni from my university who went on to serve upon graduation. Once I began researching the program and connected with my friend who was serving , I could not believe that more students did not know about service opportunities like City Year. Or rather, students were not being encouraged to seek service opportunities like this before entering the workforce or going on to graduate school. City Year aligned perfectly with my passions for education, making an impact, and creating systematic changes, while also working towards my career and professional goals. I was excited to apply and even more excited when I was accepted to serve.
The work I did in City Year as a full-time tutor and mentor allowed me to be immersed in the schools and the communities that I was serving in. City Year Members gain an in-depth understanding of their community and the diverse groups of students they are working with. They also gain a strong understanding of the social and economic issues that are affecting that particular community. City Year corps members can then take this knowledge and experience and apply this to any field they decide to purse to create systemic changes and solve some of today's most complex problems. City Year develops social change agents in all sectors.
Had I not spent a year working as a tutor and mentor in an 8th grade classroom with City Year, I never would have realized this. When I meet with students who are interested in serving with City Year, I always reiterate that the career possibilities after City Year are endless because service gives them a broader understanding of various career tracks, such as public health, policy, counseling, social work and so many more. More importantly, it helps them understand some of today’s most pressing social and economic issues from a perspective that will develop informed citizens who are equipped to find solutions within their respective sectors.
So what are you waiting for? Are you convinced that you want to use your degree to make an impact in the world around you? Then check out more information about City Year and consider applying. It may just change your life but it will certainly change the life of those you serve.
For more information, visit cityyear.org