Organization: City Year Boston
I currently serve in a fifth grade classroom at the Higginson-Lewis K-8 school in Roxbury. I primarily tutor my students in English Language Arts standards (ELA) and literacy, assist them in their math classes, and serve as an attendance and behavior coach. I also run two weekly lunch groups for a few of my students to promote positive behavior and social skills.
I became involved working with youth because I believe that many young people have great ideas and important things to say but are not always given the opportunity to speak their minds. So far during my year of service, I have developed a great deal of patience, along with a love and appreciation for all of the students that I have had the opportunity to work with. My students are also my constant reminder of how fun it was to be their age.
Being an AmeriCorps member has taught me the importance of being a mentor. I have had a few different mentors in my life, and they have all gone out of their way to give me thoughtful advice and feedback. I want my students to finish the year believing that I did the same for them.
I would tell someone to get involved in a young person's life because it can give you a new perspective on things going on around you. It is also an opportunity to be an influential person in the life of a young person and show them that you care. You can find out more about City Year Boston at www.cityyear.org/boston.