GOOD

City Year: Next Steps

City Year corps members based in Los Angeles write about their experiences. As I left the 2010 City Year Los Angeles graduation...

\n
City Year corps members based in Los Angeles write about their experiences.

As I left the 2010 City Year Los Angeles graduation ceremony, the feeling was bittersweet. It was an amazing moment, completing my senior corps year and walking across the stage with my team. All of our work was finally over and it was time to celebrate.


But despite the elation, there was still something lingering in my mind—my future. I received congratulatory calls from my friends and family back in Michigan, and almost all followed the same pattern: "We're so proud of you! What are you doing next?”

I would cringe every time it was asked. It wasn't that I didn't want the future to come or that I wasn't prepared for it. Quite the contrary, I knew exactly what it was I wanted to do, but was simply waiting on fate to play itself out. This is, of course, a lot to explain in a simple, cordial conversation over the telephone, so the response would always be simple, concise, and incredibly ambiguous:

“Um, you know trying to get a staff position in City Year and if not, like, look for other stuff—maybe move back to Michigan, take the GRE, apply to grad school.” But I digress.

At the time, I was going through the interviewing process at City Year for a position as the Whole School Whole Child Program Manager. I knew that it was exactly what I wanted to do, but I was prepared to move on with my life if it didn't work out. I wanted to take what I learned from being a corps member and team leader and apply it to the next level.

I mean, I guess that's the idea overall. Remember what you did and what you witnessed during your time at City Year and apply it to whatever you do in life. That's exactly what I wanted to do. For a year and a half, my life has been City Year. It's been working in the schools and trying to help improve them. I wasn't ready to give that up yet.

Luckily, it worked out and I have been hired as a school-based program manager. I'm very excited to start my work for the upcoming school year and to work closely with the staff that I have been learning from. Wherever I am placed, I am determined to do my best to ensure that City Year has a powerful and profound impact.

Arthur Shtern is a team leader for City Year in Los Angeles.

Articles
via Gage Skidmore / Flickr

If you are totally ready to move on from Donald Trump, you're not alone. According to a report last April from the Wason Center National Survey of 2020 Voters, "President Trump will be the least popular president to run for reelection in the history of polling."

Yes, you read that right, "history of polling."

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
via Around the NFL / Twitter

After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

RELATED: Joe Namath Says Colin Kaepernick And Eric Reid Should Be Playing In The NFL

"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

RELATED: Video of an Oakland train employee saving a man's life is so insane, it looks like CGI

Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.

Culture

In the category of "claims to fame nobody wants," the United States can now add "exporter of white supremacist ideology" to its repertoire. Super.

Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, made this claim in a briefing at The Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. "For almost two decades, the United States has pointed abroad at countries who are exporters of extreme Islamist ideology," Travers said. "We are now being seen as the exporter of white supremacist ideology. That's a reality with which we are going to have to deal."

Keep Reading Show less

Between Alexa, Siri, and Google, artificial intelligence is quickly changing us and the way we live. We no longer have to get up to turn on the lights or set the thermostat, we can find the fastest route to work with a click, and, most importantly, tag our friends in pictures. But interacting with the world isn't the only thing AI is making easier – now we can use it save the world, too.

Keep Reading Show less
Good News