Why I <3 City Year

In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, City Year posed this question: What do you love about City Year?

It seems funny to be asked this question because as a member of the village at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, I feel like I am constantly being asked to think about how we can make City Year better for our corps members and how we can make their lives seem easier in some way.

A lot of times, people focus in on what is challenging about City Year; what sacrifices they have had to make to be here and how many hours they are asked to serve in a week.


This always makes me think of one of my favorite PITW’s:

PITW #158 It is a privilege for all of us to serve at City Year

When I think about my time with City Year, I don’t think about the sacrifices I’ve made. Sure, it is difficult to be 3,000 miles away from everyone I love. And yes, I could be making more money doing something else. But the challenge of City Year is what I love.

Every day I am asked to do something challenging. Whether it is leading a group of six-year-olds in a Starfish Corps lesson or figuring out how I can engage our stakeholders using social media, I am challenged.

As I serve, I not only remember how privileged I am to have the opportunity to be here, but how it relates to my personal leadership mission statement that I was asked to come up with on the beginning of my Idealist’s Journey.

Back in August I wrote,

As a leader, I will inspire others to serve through my actions and words. Not only will I constantly seek to challenge myself and develop, I will support and mobilize others to do the same.

I love City Year because it’s not easy. I love City Year because it has shown me what I am truly capable of. But mostly, I love City Year because it has not allowed me to settle for less.

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