When I hear an African American child say with a matter-of-fact tone that Martin Luther King Jr. freed the slaves, I can’t help clutch my heart with distress. The ignorance of black history is disheartening. However, hearing from our own youth is downright painful. I can only imagine that this lack of knowledge stems from the fact that we, as a community, have just become lazy with our teachings.
A refelction on my year of service… This Blog Does Not Represent the Ideals of City Year
Four hundred thirty-two thousand minutes. Fifteen hours of ABC coaching per twelve or more focus list student. Seventeen hundred documented community service hours. That’s how you measure 10 months of service.
It encompasses data, dosage, tracking, khakis, teamwork, red layers, early starts, jolliness and power greeting. Its cover also reveals late evenings, frustrations, elevator speeches, Leadership and Development, service projects, stipends, LACY, tutoring, mentoring, and role modeling. Service beseeched us to answer Gandhi’s call to be the change we wish to see in the world, and Martin Luther Kings Jr.’s challenge to be great, because we could serve. Service also stirred our own devotions to the education cause- a devotion we belted loud and proud in our I Serve statements. Now that graduation has come to turn that signal light that has so long been green to red, we can take our well-deserved break and find comfort in knowing We Gave a Year and Changed to World.
Recently I immersed myself into the sensation known as The Hunger Games trilogy. As I turned the pages to unravel Suzanne Collins written puzzle, I rediscovered my love for reading that I somehow had dropped inside my chaotic, busy, and career seeking river of life.
Once I finished the last page deeming myself satisfied with the book’s completion, it dawned on me that this post-apocalyptic world may not be as far fetched as we think. Collins’ vivid and thrilling fictional Panem can be seen as a satire for America’s flaws today. Sure, our government is not as controlling as The Capitol and we are not forced to give up our children to fight in a booby trapped arena till death, but the fight and the privilege system is real.
This blog does not reflect the ideas and views of City Year.
Imagine being in a classroom with more than 30 middle school students-most who can’t read past a third-grade level. These students come from lives of poverty, hurt and strife. They’ve been told they can’t succeed for years. My mission is to get them to believe they can.
Across San Antonio there are 80 individuals who work throughout the community as an educational support force through the organization City Year. City Year is a national non-profit under AmeriCorps that unites 18-24 year olds from all over America in ten months of community service. Our job is to tutor and mentor middle and high school students, coaching them in attendance, behavior and coursework. We keep them in school and on-track to graduate.