Exhaustive w/ low pay, but rewarding and life changing
AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – August 9, 2018
My whole week is filled with tasks to complete; its a fast-paced environment where new procedures are added almost weekly. My typical day lasted ten hours from 7 to 5. Every other morning, we danced and cheered in front the school to motivate the kids. You spend about 80-90% of your time interacting with students inside/out classrooms. You're responsible, alongside your team members, for running the after-school program.
The hardest part about the job is time management and burning out. You've gotta find ways to motivate yourself & your students, while at the same time balancing all your other duties and remaining positive.
The most enjoyable part though, and what I think makes this position worth it, is the visible impact you have on the students, the school and the community. You're tasked to be a tutor, mentor and role-model for young students. It's a daunting task, but surmountable with the support you get from your teammates, your supervisor and the entirety of City Year.
lasting impact, personal/professional development
low stipend, long hours, tedious routines