Putting Idealism to Work (PITW) is a collection of ideas written and edited by City Year CEO and Co-Founder Michael Brown, but contributed to by many people. It contains 182 pieces of collective City Year wisdom that guide our service and serve as a reference for ways to implement our mission in our daily work. Our site gives out PITW awards to people who embody these ideals.
PITW #79– Become your message
Awarded to Bethel Mesgana, Corps Member on the NVIDIA team at Dorsa Elementary School
Bethel is the cornerstone of our team. We all look to her in times of stress, anger, happiness, and excitement and it seems as if she’s always ready to accept our emotion whatever it is. Bethel is humble, kind, gentle, and a remarkable young woman. I don’t know if Bethel has a message for the world but I believe it would along the lines of Ghandi’s “My life is my message.” I am inspired by her gentle but formidable strength and am excited to see where her life of service takes her.
PITW #66– Do three “squishy” things a day.
Awarded to Janet Katsnelson, Corps Member on the Walmart Foundation team at Cureton Elementary School
Everyday Janet pushes herself out of her comfort zone and tries something squishy! Every day of service is full of new opportunities and challenges, and Janet fully owns that our work is full of things that are squishy and pushes herself to embrace them!
PITW #50– We must never lose the human aspect of what we are doing.
Awarded to Sarah Robb, Program Manager and Yvette Licea, Team Leader on the Cisco team at Chavez Elementary School
It is always important to keep this in mind as we get busy with all the “important” things we have to do. Being human comes with a lot of emotions and opinions, which are sometimes hard to have when working with kids. Yvette and Sarah’s down to earth and understanding personalities remind us that crying is okay, as long as we can laugh as well, whether or not it is with each other or at each other. As a pair, they keep our team sane by letting us be a little insane. Their weirdness and sarcasm ensures we have an interesting day, everyday.
PITW #53– Set very high expectations for yourself and others — especially people you are leading. &
PITW #124- Everyone needs to do things that are not in the job description.
Awarded to Celina Chun, Math Project Leader
Celina goes above and beyond her job description to do everything possible to ensure all aspects of our site’s service are done well. From doing observations to stepping in to lead a class when people are out, Celina never hesitates to help out and improve the situation at hand. She gives good advice, perseveres through challenges and never loses sight of what’s best for our students. I appreciate her consistency in modeling high expectations for interventions and for having the courage to hold others accountable to the same high standards.