When you sign up with City Year you are making a commitment to improving the education system within a non profit organization. You may not have much power in making executive decisions, but you make a difference to the people that matters the most, the students. The students need to see self driven, smart and talented young adults working their hardest to improve the education system. And to all the City Year members regardless of how you look, YOU MATTER and YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!
I like most City Year members, wanted to be a part of something bigger than me. However, the City Year staff had something else in mind. The work City Year members have to do is tough as it is, but the experience can be worthwhile. There is a BIG problem that needs to be addressed in order to improve the City Year experience for everyone.
My only issue with City Year is the management staff located in San Jose. I believe the City Year staff should be like mentors and guide us through the tough tasks we are assigned to complete. In short, the staff was anything but that. If you are good at what you do and are talented, they will do everything they can do to get rid of you. I understand the stress City Year can have on everyone, but there is no excuse for maladaptive behaviors.
The trainers, managers and basically all the City Year staff in San Jose showed little compassion towards me and did everything they could to destroy self esteem. The work culture in the San Jose location makes it seem like the organization is not well developed and in dire need of an intervention.
Gaining experience, Gaining a sense of purpose, Making a difference
Maladaptive behaviors by staff, Bullying tactics, long hours for little pay