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12.2.19

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 City Year Corps Member of the Month - December 2019: Isaiah Dawson

School Serving: PS 108, New York City

Hometown: Miami, FL

What made you decide to join City Year?

I have always wanted to do a service year of some sort. Due to income inequality, school districts like the ones we serve in do not get the resources that they deserve. I wanted to offer my year as a resource for students to advance their academic endeavors.

Why are you committed to serving with City Year?

I am committed to serving with City Year because of the bonds I have formed with my students. I see my students improving in their coursework and I am committed to make sure they finish the year stronger.

How do you know you are making a difference?

I can tell that my students are improving in their confidence already. Many of them approach their homework and class work with less anxiety because they know they have an AmeriCorps member who can support them. I would imagine that many of them would be having a different type of year if there was not near-to-peer support in the classroom.

Please share a Starfish Story.

One of my students, Robert, had a very rough start to the year. He often slept in class not because he was actually tired, but because he didn't believe he could complete the work. With consistent interventions from the teachers, counselors, family and myself, we've been able to get him to stay awake in class. Now he approaches his work a bit more confidently and is alert in class. He was very insecure about completing his class work but is slowly warming up to participation in class and even becoming enthusiastic about it!

What's next for you after City Year?

After my City Year I'm planning to enroll in Brooklyn College and apply to the NYC Teaching Fellows.