City Year Chicago marketing/communications coordinator, Mike Mosley (also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha) sat down with corps member/Alpha Ronald Sickles, Jr. to talk about his experience with City Year, how rewarding his year has been, and the value in other members of Alpha Phi Alpha giving a year of service.
Who are you? Where are you from? What college did you attend? When did you become a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, and in what chapter were initiated?
My name is Ronald Sickles, Jr. I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but currently reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for my year of service with City Year Milwaukee. I am a graduate of Murray State University in Murray, KY where I was the first African American to graduate from my program. I was initiated into Alpha byway of the Zeta Omicron Chapter seated on the campus of Murray State. Continue reading →
Last Thursday, May 23rd was bittersweet. We said goodbye (for now) to our 188 corps members during graduation. We reflected on the good times, the challenges, but most importantly, the idea that they’ll always have something in common, and that’s that they made it through City Year. Many of them joined City Year for different reasons; some joined for personal growth, others joined because they wanted to give a year of service before they moved onto their careers. Continue reading →
City Year Chicago does several service events a year around the city of Chicago helping to beautify both the schools and the communities we serve in. For those who never get to experience it first-hand, sometimes a picture just doesn’t do our experience justice. Continue reading →
Park Manor Elementary School, located in the Greater Grand Crossing Community, is truly a school that embodies the spirit of hard work. The school, which is home to 332 students, was a failing school up until 2013, when it earned a coveted Level 1 ranking. Thanks to the dedication and leadership of its new principal, Dr. William E. Johnson, it only took three short years to accomplish this monumental task. The most inspirational factor of all, though, is that this turn-around came from within its current staff and student body, exemplifying how determination and focus can overcome any adversity. Continue reading →
Saturday, April 27, 2013, nearly 600 volunteers showed up to Carl Schurz High School in the Irving Park community for City Year Chicago’s service day on Comcast Cares Day. Now in its 12th year, Comcast Cares Day is a national service day with Comcast and several of it’s community partners. This year over 500,000 volunteers participated around the world. Continue reading →
Two years ago, in April of 2011 at the 79th Midwestern Regional Convention in Louisville, Kentucky I first learned about the organization City Year. At the time, I was honestly concerned about post-graduate opportunities and hadn’t quit realized the magnitude of the work I would embark on if I decided to apply to City Year.
Just a few weeks later, I decided to take up the recommendation of applying to City Year. Continue reading →
As an 8th grade-student it’s sometimes hard to fathom the idea of college, and what it actually means. You’re constantly reminded of how important grades are and what they mean for your future, but for struggling students in often under-served communities, it’s hard to stay motivated when you aren’t seeing real-life success stories. Corps member Michael Casciari serving on the City Year team at Maria Saucedo Academy saw an opportunity to change this. For the past several weeks, the 8th grade students have been reading Urrea’s first book “Across The Wire: Life & Times on the Mexican Border.” With the help of his teacher, Mrs. Mendoza, corps member Michael Casciari thought it would be a great idea if he could get the author to visit the school. After several emails, and constant communication, Casciari’s idea came to fruition. Continue reading →
This Thursday is our 14th Annual, Ripples of Hope Dinner. In honor of this huge event for City Year, we are taking the time to honor our supporters. In Part 1, we told you a little more about David J. Vitale, and in Part 2, we’ll tell you more about Glenn F. Tilton, who will also be honored at this Thursday’s event. Continue reading →
For over a decade, City Year Chicago has hosted it’s annual “Ripples Of Hope” dinner in Chicago. Next Thursday, March 14th marks our 14th Annual Ripples of Hope Awards Dinner. The Ripples of Hope Dinner raises essential revenue directed to training diverse young leaders to serve as tutors, mentors and role models – helping to build the high school graduation pipeline. This year we’ll be honoring two very important people. We’ll take the time to honor, Glenn F. Tilton, Chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase, and David J. Vitale, President of the Chicago Board of Education. Continue reading →
This past Saturday, March 2nd, City Year Chicago partnered with Imagine Englewood If to help beautify the facilities. Located at 69th an Emerald, on the South Side of Chicago, Imagine Englewood If’s mission is to strengthen and empower the greater Englewood community through teaching local youth healthy living, environmental awareness and positive communication skills. Continue reading →