Saint Spotlight 📸: Meet Jessie! She drove 2,944 miles from New Hampshire to Los Angeles on her own in order to do City Year (woah!) Her hobbies include: loving Harry Styles, hugging trees and keeping up with the horoscopes..The future Team Leader of City Year 2018-19 shares her ✨starfish✨story.
One of my favorite parts of working with 9th graders this year has been watching them mature and grow into themselves. One student I work with struggled early in the year to manage her emotions which led to her frequently leaving or being kicked out of class. This caused academic struggles, and she would resort to calling herself stupid and quickly giving up on work. Now, with just over a month left of the school year, she not only stays in class, but she excels by actively participating and positively expressing her feelings. I remember the first time she did well on a quiz and said “Miss, maybe you were right. I am smart.” This feisty future leader has showed me how every student deserves ceaseless reminders of their potential as well as an unrelenting belief in their ability to be their best self. She is also one student among many others that have inspired me to return to City Year for another round of powerful service next year. ⭐️🐠 • • •
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