Dear Friends,

Happy Fiscal New Year! Summer is always an exciting time for the City Year staff. We are so proud of our recently graduated AmeriCorps members and are preparing for our new Corps to start at the end of the month. I know that summer is a busy time for everyone so I am going to make my note a quick and easy read this month. 

I have three things that I am excited to share with you:
 
 

We are so excited to have received a donation of 100 summer learning kits from Harry's! We distributed these bags full of books, flashcards, and activities to students participating in the LRSD summer school program.  We are recruiting Corps members. If you know someone between the ages of 18-25 who wants to make an impact on the lives of students,  please contact Jasmine Medley 617.331.8625 or jmedley@cityyear.org. You are invited to attend our Kendra Scott Gives Back event at their store in The Promenade at Chenal. Twenty percent of anything sold that evening will be donated to City Year!  Come and do some holiday shopping in July on Tuesday, July 31 from 6-8pm.

 
 




Sarah Roberson
Vice President and Executive Director
 
 
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City Year Little Rock Corps Graduation

CYLR Alum Samuel Kossow administers the Alumni Pledge.

On Friday, June 1 City Year Little Rock celebrated the service and hard work of our dedicated AmeriCorps Members. This graduating Corps worked with over 900 third through ninth grade students focusing on attendance, behavior, academics and academic interventions. They provided classroom support, ran before and after school programs, and held events for more than 4,500 students across six schools! We are thankful for these amazing young people, and hope they graduate with pride knowing the impact they have made on their students and schools. Thank you and congratulations!
 
 
City Year AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Ashtin Sechrest
City Year Corps Member Ashtin Sechrest tutors students.

What is unique about serving in Little Rock?
The small-town feel. It provides a great opportunity for networking with other professionals who are familiar with the community and working towards positive change.

Talk about your experience traveling away from home.
It has been a privilege serving this community. While I am not from Little Rock, I take pride in my students and all they and our school bring to the community.

What did you get out of your year of service?
I've gained a true understanding of service. I find the sacrifice a Corps Member makes when they fully commit themselves to the work to be the most powerful demonstration of humility.

How did your City Year affect you?
City Year pushed me all the way out of my comfort zone. I thought about holding back, but instead I chose to push myself and use the pressure to my advantage. It's been a hard year, but I'm glad I did not give up.

What was your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps member?
Toward the end of the year, my students wrote letters and made posters to thank me for working with them. They were so excited for me to open the letters and many of them wanted me to read it in front of them. It was such a thoughtful gesture and confirmed that this year of service was totally worth it. 

Has there been anything you learned in your first year that was surprising or unexpected?
I did not expect to learn how to budget so well. I knew this experience would be an adjustment, but I had no idea how difficult it would actually be. I also had to learn how to ask for help from others.

Give an example of how your service has had a positive impact.
Seeing my students' report cards and experiencing their excitement of receiving an A for the first time all year in English!
 
 
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