Believe it or not, the 2010-2011 corps year is quickly coming to an end. As a Recruitment Project Leader, my eyes have been set on next year’s corps throughout this entire service year.
One of the ways I’ve tried to prepare the new batch of corps members is to collect some words of wisdom from a group of experts on the City Year experience… this year’s corps members.
Recently, we purchased a journal and had our corps members sign it as sort of a “passing of the wills” that I hope corps members in future years will be able to turn to in times when they need guidance from people who can relate to what they are experiencing.
Here are a few thoughts that the corps had to share:
Have fun and challenge yourself. Take advantage of all the opportunities that present themselves. Focus on the good parts of each day and never forget how much of an impact you’re making.
When times are low and vision is blurry, think back to the purpose you came in with.
You will get tired, but push yourself to give 100% each day because your kids deserve it.
Let the kids make you laugh – and return the favor.
Allow your personality and your passions shine through your work. Appreciate your service, appreciate your colleagues, appreciate yourself.
If you are willing to focus on the positive and learn from the negative, it can be a time of truly rewarding growth.
Be there for the students and be there for your team. If your team works together, you will impact these student’s lives even more.
If you stay true to yourself and to why you came here, you will overcome all obstacles and have a truly positive experience.
Volunteer for everything. Take risks, and you’ll get the experience you need to go out and make things happen beyond City Year.
Megan Baker, Recruitment Project Leader & Social Media Manager, CYSJ