Heart of Hall
PITW #103- Send Out “Tiny Ripples of Hope.”
In an effort to create a ripple effect of positivity and affirmation, CYLR’s Hall High Team held a Heart of Hall event: creating and distributing messages of self-love and empowerment. The messages were written on over 200 hearts and arrows and hand decorated by Corps members, 9th grade students, and after-school participants. Messages were written in multiple languages and varied in content. Students looked up inspirational quotes, and gave advice and positive feedback to their peers. On the morning of February 14th, the team gathered the messages and handed them out throughout the cafeteria as students ate breakfast. The event was well received - students carried their heart/arrow with them throughout the day, shared them with friends, and even came by the City Year office to create a personalized message. The event combined literacy and positivity into one activity - spreading love throughout the halls of Hall.
New Year's Eve Masquerade Benefits City Year
CYLR champion Nathan Thomas threw a New Year's Eve Masquerade benefiting City Year Little Rock, raising almost $1,000! The exclusive party rang in the New Year with complimentary food and drink, DJ Mario Luna, and best of all a secret password for entry!  Thank you Nathan and your committee of volunteers who made this possible!

City Year AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Bailey Pickens

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Why did you choose to join City Year Little Rock?  
When I was a senior in college, I heard of City Year and its mission to end the drop out crisis. I knew kids dropped out here or there, but I never really thought of it as a crisis. When I reflected on my time in high school, I realized how severe the problem was, as a significant amount of students dropped out between my sophomore and senior year. I believe in the potential of people and I think there is nothing greater than working to keep students in school and giving them the quality education they deserve. 

Talk about your experience serving in the community you are from. 
Serving in Little Rock has been amazing but also very shocking. I was born and raised in North Little Rock, about 20 minutes away and I never thought of the cities as being very different from each other, but the school districts are as different as night and day. It's been very eye opening to work in the Little Rock School District, and also incredibly rewarding to give back to my home state. 

How has City Year affected you so far?  
City Year has changed my life. I never knew there was so much need in our schools. I now understand the gravity of the educational inequality that weighs on our students, and I've become passionate and dedicated to being involved in ending it. 

What has been your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps member? 
When one of my students answered a question correctly in class. We had been working on making inferences, and my partner teacher asked a review question a few days later. My focus list student answered it, looked at me with the biggest smile on his face, and said I taught him that. I was so happy I almost cried. 

Give an example of how your service has had a positive impact. 
I have one student who really struggles with English as a subject. He had failed every test he had in English. But he passed his last test, and he was so excited! I really tried to work with him and I think that has helped him get to this point.
Every student needs someone in their corner. Be that someone. Apply to @CityYear by April 13 by clicking here