¡Sí, se puede! A phrase I had to tell myself every morning as I put on my City Year uniform. We would get to the school early to prepare to greet students and give hot chocolate as they arrived to school.
Next, I would go to my assigned classroom where I would focus on students that were struggling making to work with them on the class material. I worked with 8 students in Reading – ensuring that each student completed the year on-track.
That year, working in the neighborhood I grew up, impacted me. So much that the following year I decided I had to give more and volunteered for another year of service – this time with Reading Partners. Serving as an AmeriCorps Member with Reading Partners allowed me to serve at the elementary school I attended as a child. I learned valuable skills like volunteer management, coordinating teacher, student, and volunteer schedules, and the role literacy plays in a student’s academic career. My year at Reading Partners helped me learn more about education and advance my professional skills.
AmeriCorps programs like City Year and Reading Partners helped me give back to the community in which I was raised – a vulnerable neighborhood that desperately needs examples.
This past year, AmeriCorps funding was almost cut, if not for the leadership of Congressman Tom Cole.
Join me in thanking Congressman Cole for providing for amazing opportunities for citizenship through AmeriCorps.
By Cristina Mejía, Administrative Associate, Growing Together
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