The Sí Se Puede Awards are inspired by Cesar Chavez who was, and still is, an important role model in our community. The people of San José are familiar with his work and celebrate him to this day. This saying, “Sí Se Puede,” is part of that culture and pride.
For students, “Sí Se Puede” is a reminder that they can do well and be great, both in their academics and in the choices they make in life. When corps members assist them in these accomplishments, they are ultimately changing the students’ attitudes about themselves and their future. For corps members, “Sí Se Puede” can be used to get through this city year because it serves as a reminder that they are making a difference in children’s lives and in the world. It’s a symbol of their pride in the community and in the work they do. With Sí Se Puede awards, we seek to recognize and celebrate exemplary corps member efforts.
This month’s recipient:
Bethel Mesgana, Corps Member on the NVIDIA team at Dorsa Elementary School
Bethel was nominated by multiple people, and is recognized throughout our site as a humble, loving and compassionate person. One recommender specifically pointed out that, “She is my hero, and even though I have not told her, she is my mentor. She is the bright shining light that gets us all through the day.” When one of our students experienced the loss of her mother, this corps member welcomed the child to school with open and loving arms. During the school’s Open House, Bethel took it upon herself to bring this student and to listen to her teachers talk about her success. After hearing about her successes, Bethel made sure that her student was rewarded with some ‘girl time’ during the After School Program. There is no doubt that Bethel is the example that Michael Brown and Alan Khazei had in mind when they set out to start City Year.