At a Glance:
City Year is just one of many organizations serving the Mattahunt community. We’re honored to serve alongside BELL After School Tutoring Program, the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, and several other organizations.
The school day includes an extra 90 minutes for reading, writing, and math development.
We serve in all nine classrooms in the third through fifth grades and are excited to be a part of the school's Turnaround process.
Our Program Manager is Anthony Britt.
Meet the Sun Life Financial team serving Mattahunt Elementary School in Mattapan:
Matthew E., 23, Hillsborough, NJ
I serve because things are not right. I believe that it is not fair that some young people across the nation are systemically oppressed based on where they live and go to school. They did not choose their circumstances and struggle to reach their potential because they either do not have the resources or because they need more people in their corner rooting them on. I can provide both of those. I serve because I am helping students realize their own power. I am not giving them anything they do not have already; I am just giving them the time and support they need to let their strengths develop and unfold.
Sara A., 18, Ballston Spa, NY
I serve because it is harder for me to sit and watch something then to act on it. I believe in the power of people and I want to put my power to use, and help a child reach his or her full potential. That starts with education. Every child deserves a friend, coach, or mentor, someone on whom they can count. I can be that person. I serve because I want to make change happen. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Marika A., 22, Corpus Christi, TX
While attending Our Lady of the Lake University, I became aware of the idea of service to the community for the greater good and an understanding of the needs in the surrounding community was a concept. I took the time to get more involved with the community surrounding my university and embrace this concept; through this I became certain that I wanted to pursue a career in the nonprofit field. I knew after that experience I wanted to do service that was powerful, meaningful, and challenging. City Year was one of the service projects I participated in that personified the values of the organization through actions and words. The corps members I met that day motivated me with their stories and inspired me to give a year. With my corps experience, I hope to inspire students to find their motivation and take advantage of opportunities provided to them through their education.
Nathaniel H., 23, Pittsfield, MA
I serve because I am able, ready, and determined. I serve because I have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others and the ability to be the change I want to see in the world. Opportunity is not universal, but in the ever-changing world we live in, I believe it is possible—and attainable—in my lifetime. I believe in serving a cause greater than myself, serving in hopes of changing the idea of a predetermined fate of another. I serve because I will make a difference, I will inspire and help illuminate the paths of the students I serve so that when opportunity arrives, they will be able to see that they do have a choice and options. We, the Sun Life Financial Team serving at Mattahunt Elementary School, are only passing the torch to the next generation.
Cassandre J., 22, Brockton, MA
I serve because I believe that knowledge is powerful and transformative. During the last four years of my life, I have deconstructed everything I was ever told and that I believed in. While it was challenging, it was important because I was then able to reconstruct my ideas and beliefs with my own inner voice. It is important to note that the reconstruction process took place both inside and outside of the classroom because learning is a never-ending process. In fact, as Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I want to students to believe that statement. This is why I serve.
Chad K., 18, Southborough, MA
I serve because where I grew up dropping out was not the norm. Everyone in my class of 359 graduated on time. We were allowed the best schools, the best teachers, the best of everything. The reality that the quality of education our children receive varies based on where they grew up is shameful. I believe that unless we strive to alter this status quo, our students’ unlimited potential will be lost. I believe that losing even one student to the high school dropout crisis is unacceptable. If we fail one, we fail all.
Aing K., 22, Manchester, TN
I serve because I experienced firsthand the power a role model possesses to unlock the potential of a student. As a child, I was never a driven student, desiring leisure while loathing academic assignments. My parents, however, saw my potential and never ceased to shower me with encouragement and inspired me with loving optimism. They became the catalyst I needed to achieve greatness, graduating at the top of my high school and leading to my success in college. I serve because I wish to have that same positive impact on children's lives and to light that same torch my parents have lit for me.
Rebecca L., 22, York, ME
I serve because I would not be the person I am today without the support of the role models in my life. I serve to give my students the support I’ve been given, to push them to reach their goals and to help them motivate themselves to be the best people they can be. I serve because I know there is no one right way to learn; therefore, we need to help provide unique ways to engage each individual student.
Rebecca P., 19, Bangor, ME
I serve because education is the great equalizer, yet we live in a society where the distribution and completion of quality education is not equal. At the beginning of my service training, I was told that 50 percent of dropouts come from only 12 percent of schools, and my jaw dropped. The problem is complicated, but the solution doesn’t always have to be. I’m serving because if any student has unrealized potential, I have an obligation to not sit idle, but to support them. I’m serving because I believe education is what will allow individuals and communities to shed the weights of violence and poverty and rise above. I’m serving because I can, because I am able, and therefore, I must.
Emily S., 22, Sudbury, MA
I believe that education is one of the most empowering tools a person is exposed to. Growing up in the ZIP code the I did, I received the support and resources I needed to pilot my education and succeed. I know this is not the case of many students living in other ZIP codes. As a City Year corps member, I will support entire classrooms and help students achieve goals so they can benefit from education, just as all young people should. I serve because I believe in humanity and that, if every young person serves for a year, the world can transform into a beautiful place.
Kenneth S., 20, Boston, MA
I serve because continuing the legacy of those who came before us cannot be taken lightly. I want to serve to make a difference within myself, my school’s community, City Year as a whole and ultimately these students’ lives. Empowering youth to reach their potential is monumental and can help shape their future to take on new challenges and explore new endeavors. I serve so that my students will reach for the stars while working together to get back on the road to success. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "We must be the change that we want to see in the world.” We need to be shining examples of that every day.