Leadership Development

Five things Friday

1. Update on my cousin

If you read last Friday’s post, you would know that my cousin got into a really bad car accident. I wrote the blog post from a hospital waiting room in Mississippi where I stayed for five days waiting to be able to see her for about 20 minutes every four hours. She was in terrible shape. But I’m pleased to say that since then, things are looking so much better. She has since been taken out of critical care and while she is still in a lot of pain, she is healing nicely. Thank you to everyone for all of your kind words, well wishes and prayers. They all meant the world to me.

2. Social Media at the Summit

This week I found out that I will be going to the City Year National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC to help out with social media. I’m really excited about this awesome opportunity to get to meet people from other sites and to help spread the word about City Year and our mission in a big way. I also have the chance to collaborate with a couple of the people I respect and look up to the most in the City Year network; Johnny Barr and of course, Mike Messina. Should be a lot of fun!

3. Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) 

On Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the AACI annual fundraising luncheon. I love going to these events because I get to meet all sorts of interesting (and influential) people and learn about some really great organizations. I urge you to check out the AACI website to see all of the amazing things that they are doing for Asian Americans in Santa Clara County. Really inspiring work.

4. Idealist’s Journey: Setting goals and determining success 

Once a month, the senior corps of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley has the opportunity to meet together to partake in what is known in City Year as the Idealist’s Journey. Senior corps members take turns presenting case studies, current events or big questions. This week we discussed how can you tell if you are accomplishing a goal you have set for yourself and we also shared some of our own personal goals.

It was interesting to hear what people were hoping to improve about themselves and how they thought they could tell once they achieved that. For me, I said that I wanted to stop sweating the small stuff (which was what inspired my last blog post). I shared that I knew that I achieved something when I received unsolicited positive feedback about that particular thing and if people came to me to ask me how I was doing something.

5. Southern Storms

It has been really heartbreaking for me to see all of the damage and casualties caused by the storms in the south. It’s so surreal to think that when I was there only a week ago, I was in the midst of tornado sirens and some pretty scary weather. They were hoping to move my cousin to another hospital closer to her home, but are unable to because there are so many victims needing care. Hopefully this violent weather comes to an end soon.

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.