City Year

Posted on February 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized by Jan Bilgen




Are you looking for leadership experience outside of the university aspect? If so, then City Year maybe for you! City Year is an organization that seeks to demonstrate, improve and promote the concept of national service as a means of building a stronger democracy. City Year unites a diverse corps of young adults, ages 17 to 24, for a demanding year of full-time community service, leadership development and civic engagement.

Here is what a fellow Warhawk, Jasmina Badic, had to say about her experience volunteering with the program:

City Year’s “Give a Year” program is a great way of gaining leadership skills. You take a year off from school to mentor, tutor, and be a role model to the youth ranging from elementary school to high school students. Not only do you gain leadership skills, you also grow as a person while you help end the drop-out crisis at a school. You are put in a team of diverse individuals who not only have their own group of youth they mentor, but you also have leadership roles. These leadership roles can range from being a Math coordinator, ELA coordinator, attendance coordinator, or a behavior coordinator for your team. You provide help for your team in those areas while working with the youth.  The closest office is in Milwaukee which mainly works with Milwaukee Public School (MPS). I can say that I really enjoyed my experience with the organization because it helped me become a stronger leader.

During the 2013-2014 school year, I took a year off to serve at City Year Milwaukee where I wanted to give back to my community. I already had some experience as a leader on campus, but what drew me to the program was the fact that your are helping eliminate the drop-out rate in schools, as well as having Friday office days where you are trained to help the youth, as well as how to be more outspoken. I was assigned to a diverse team of eight individuals who all brought something unique to the team. Although we brought something different to the team, we each worked together intertwining all of our strengths as well as working with our weaknesses. What was so great about this program is that they help turn your weaknesses into your strengths. I can say that at the end of the program I grew as a leader by being more comfortable talking in public, learned how to work around obstacles and grew as a person by helping others.

If someone was to go through the program I would have to say that they would gain a lot of networking opportunities, different leadership skills, how to spice up your resume after City Year and you would gain a second family working with your school team. You will also build bonds with your focus group where they can teach you a thing or two about your own leadership style.

I highly encourage anyone to take the opportunity to serve for City Year. Not only will you have leadership skills, but you will have created bonds with your students as well as your team during your corps year.

If you are interested or would like more information, call the local Milwaukee chapter at 414-882-2023 or visit


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