A typical day starts around or at 7 am and usually ends at 5 pm, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. Working with students can be rewarding, you can learn a lot about teaching, but this job is incredibly stressful and creates (often intense) emotional burdens with little to no way for there to be an outlet due to the poverty and long hours City Year AmeriCorps members go through. The culture of City Year as an organization can be patronizing, belittling, shallow, or at best trivial. I feel like I've learned a lot about being a good teacher, communicator, and many administrative skills, but I've also been stretched to the limit as a professional and person. My Impact Manager is a role model to me and is very supportive in the ways that she can be, but as an organization there is little that can be done to fix the stress without major changes beyond her control.
Personal/professional development, connections to other institutions
Low pay, tough working conditions, long hours, stressful/emotionally harmful working conditions, little/no support