Each week, City Year San José/Silicon Valley will thank a person or organization for inspiring us in our service. This week Literacy Project Leader and Social Media Manager Amanda Liles thanks ’10-’11 Alum Megan Baker.
If you are at all familiar with this blog you probably recognize Megan Baker. She served as a corps member here in San José for the past two years and to say she had a huge impact would be an understatement. Among so many other things, she started this blog and singlehandedly created a platform for people to share their stories.
Last year, as Recruitment Project Leader and Social Media Manager, Baker impacted our whole community. She was a source of support for students, corps members and staff members alike.
I remember my second week of school last year as a corps member at Mathson. Baker had served at that middle school the year before, and she showed up at snack time to help us out and visit her students.
The kids went crazy. You honestly would have thought Justin Bieber was on campus. Seeing the bond Baker had with the students inspired me. I wanted to build relationships like that.
For the rest of the year Baker was the model of what a corps member should be. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with her work ethic or sense of humor.
She was a major presence on all of our partner school campuses during after school program. She coached the girls and boys soccer team at Mathson and helped out with our community service day painting benches during After School Heroes. At Dorsa she ran a guest enrichment, all while keeping up with her day-to-day project leader responsibilities.
Even now we are reaping the benefits of Baker’s hard work. As I see the new corps members interact with students, I see some of the most talented people I have ever met. I can’t wait to be a part of the change they bring to our students, schools and community this year.
Thank you Baker for your service and for bringing all of these wonderful people to San José. You are my role model, and it’s an honor to fill your boots. I only hope I can do them justice.
Amanda Liles, Literacy Project Leader & Social Media Manager CYSJ