LAYC is proud to introduce its 2016–2017 AmeriCorps teams in Maryland and DC.
Maryland AmeriCorps members serve one-year terms working with middle school students in two Prince George’s County middle schools: Buck Lodge and William Wirt. Members run in-school and after-school programs, helping students develop academic and life skills. Members also organize community events including a haunted house, monthly food banks, Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day, Cesar Chavez Service Day, and the Super Hero Summer Health Fair. Full-time members serve 1,700 hours and part time members serve 900 hours, all while gaining youth development skills. We serve because together we get things done!
DC AmeriCorps members serve as Teaching Assistants at Powell Elementary School, Sacred Heart School, Cardozo Educational Campus, and Raymond Educational Campus. Members provide students with in-school support such as help with homework, life skills workshops, and enrichment activities. Members also host numerous events to foster relationships among LAYC staff, youth, and parents including parent orientations, field trips, and special school events.
Maryland AmeriCorps Members
I serve because I want to give a child the guidance I didn’t get to have growing up.
I serve because I want to see a difference, and to see the difference you have to make a difference.
I serve because I love to help others, and I want to make a difference in my community.
I serve because I wish I had an AmeriCorps member when I was younger to help me throughout school.
I serve because I want to create sustainable changes that addresses the needs of a community.
DC AmeriCorps Members
This year in AmeriCorps, I look forward to building upon my facilitation skills and building relationships with my fellow members and students. Each day I walk into my AmeriCorps site, it feels great knowing I am walking into a place to make a difference.
What I hope to gain from my experience in AmeriCorps is to skillfully lead a class of youth. I would also like to learn to manage my time and responsibilities as a student and improving the community.
I am hoping to grow professionally and personally this year serving full time with AmeriCorps. By being a part of a team, I hope to be able to develop healthy coping mechanisms for days when I am not feeling myself. My teammates and students will help me move onto the next phase in my life.
The kids I work with are fantastic, eye opening, and bring me joy everyday we are together. I enjoy working with them after school because it brings me back to when I was a kid. I am reminded of what enabled me to learn and progress in school, which I can use to help teach them and help them progress themselves.
I hope to lead kids to improve in multiple ways by helping them understand it is okay to be who you are and feel free. I enjoy working with kids and knowing I am helping to change a life.
I enjoy working with youth at LAYC because I enjoy seeing their potential, even when they may have not even discovered it yet. In addition, they are hilarious and fun!
During my AmeriCorps year, I hope to learn more about my community and how I can be apart of it. I enjoy working with my students because they’re allowing me to be part of their education. Also, LAYC and my AmeriCorps team members support me.
I hope to establish relationships with students, teachers, and administrators that will help me understand the problems that face DC Public Schools. I hope by understanding problems from the perspective of those affected, I will be able to help empower them to work towards solutions.