Happy October! 

City Year AmeriCorps Members have been in service for a little over a month helping students acclimate to new schools, new schedules, and new classes. City Year focuses our in-class student support to those in the transitional third through ninth grades. The fall semester is vital to the academic and social emotional health of our students, and our City Year AmeriCorps members take their job of student success coaches seriously. Our AmeriCorps Members are spending the fall creating attendance initiatives, tutoring students and on Friday nights they are cheering on our favorite football teams: Hall High Warriors! J.A. Fair War Eagles! and McClellan Lions!   

We know fall is a busy time for all of us and I want to share two quick reminders:

The City Year End of Year report will be landing in your mailbox soon. As you read it over please consider setting up time to come out and visit one of our six partner schools. 

Make sure you mark your calendar for the City Year Giving Tuesday Open House, November 27. Kick off your holiday giving by spending the evening at the City Year Little Rock office!  
With Kindness and Appreciation,

Sarah Roberson
Vice President and Executive Director
Champion Spotlight: City Year Little Rock Board

City Year AmeriCorps Member Sasha Vlassova enjoying an ice cream cone from Loblolly Creamery
Senior AmeriCorps Member Sasha Vlassova enjoying an ice cream cone from Loblolly Creamery.
A Big Thank You to the City Year Little Rock Board who treated our new AmeriCorps Members to ice cream from Loblolly Creamery as an appreciation for their commitment to our community. We are grateful for a dedicated and compassionate board that values the service AmeriCorps Members provide students, as well as the experience the AmeriCorps Members have while serving. They know the important work we do depends on these fantastic young people. A Big and heartfelt thank you to Kirk Bradshaw, Jody Carreiro, Melinda Faubel, Catherine Grunden, Scott Hamilton, Corey Jennings, Leon Jones, Robert McLarty, Bruce Moore, Stephanie Streett, and Mica Strother! 

By City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Member Jaylyn Gatrell
The J.A. Fair High School team is hosting a spoken word/rap battle for 9th grade students to promote English Language Arts. Through this literacy initiative, our team is assisting students in creating original poetry to be presented in the form of rap/spoken word. AmeriCorps Members and teachers will work together to determine the champion of the first annual J.A. Fair Rap Battle. Studies show that rap activates parts of the brain responsible for emotion, language, motivation, motor function and motor processing. This event will provide students with a creative learning experience that fosters a positive and fun learning environment. 
ACM Spotlight: Laura Bueno

Second Year AmeriCorps Member Laura Bueno is currently serving at Hall High School.
Talk about your experience serving in the community you are from.
Serving in my community is the best thing I have done in my life. Working with City Year has helped me understand everything my teachers have done for me and the reason behind it. I am a former student from both schools I have served in.
What did you get out of your first year of service?
My students impacted me the most, I learned so much from them. They are encouraging and very motivational. They showed me that having a rough day doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. They really live out the saying “ a day without laughter is a day wasted”. 

What has been your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps member?
Being able to work with people from different backgrounds and learning from them knowing that we all want the same thing for our students is inspirational. 
Has there been anything you learned in your first year that was surprising or unexpected?
I learned how much a student can trust someone who shows they are there for them and willing to help. It takes time to get their trust, but they will give it to you, they listen, and get motivated to do their work with the encouragement they receive.
What is one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of your City Year?
I wish I knew how attached I was going to get to my students and how emotional it is to leave them at the end of a service year. City Year is hard, but no matter how hard it gets your students are going to be the reason why you want to push yourself to do better. 
Give an example of how your service has had a positive impact.
My career goal has always been to be a teacher and to have an impact on someone else's life. I want to be someone who students trust.  City Year has shown me that if I set my mind to it, I will make an impact in someone's life and can help someone else accomplish their goals.