At a Glance:
More than 650 students attend Mildred Avenue K-8 School.
Over 25 percent of the students are English language learners
Our team implements whole-school initiatives such as MCAS rallies and teacher service days, as well as an extended-day program that will provide homework support and academic enrichment to students.
Our Program Manager is Aaron Canto.
Meet the Westfield Capital Management team serving at Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan:
Kyle F., 23, West Chester, PA
I serve because I was I was fortunate enough to grow up in an environment where education was stressed and I was challenged every day to do my best. I believe that every student, no matter his or her ethnic background, economic status, or area code, deserves the same challenge to reach his full potential. In college, I studied economic and educational policies in a purely voyeuristic sense, where people were represented by statistics and words on pages. My service challenges me to leave the comfort of the classroom and experience some of our nation’s toughest issues first hand. I returned to serve another year as a senior corps member because of the amazing experience I had as a corps member. My corps year was a truly transformational experience and I was excited about the opportunity to possibly coach other young adults through such a rigorous process.
Jordan M., 23, Westport, MA
I serve because I believe that every student deserves the right to receive a quality education. Too often, students in underserved communities do not receive the support and opportunities that they need to be successful in the classroom. I believe as a nation, by failing to support them, we are failing ourselves. Education is the biggest social justice and civil rights issue of our time, and I serve because I want to change this inequality. Through my corps year, I saw first hand the impact of my service on others and I am serving for a second year because I want to continue to provide support to the students and families of Boston, the city that I love so much.
Matthew A., 23, Oakland, NJ
I serve because it is “absolutely, positively not normal,” as City Year Regional Vice President Stephen Spaloss told us during the first week of service. Decades of “normal” thinking and leadership have left young students across our country, at schools not unlike Mildred Avenue K-8 School, at a profound disadvantage for future educational and employment opportunities. City Year, with its proven track record, gives me the opportunity to work with at-risk students in one-on-one and small group environments to stanch the dropout crisis. Acts of self-government, of bringing about the world we wish to see through participatory involvement, are not a duty, but a privilege. I am honored to have such an opportunity, and I hope that one day, the students I work with this year will be afforded similar prospects.
Abigail C., 18, Carlisle, MA
After high school and the college application process, I felt I had become self-obsessed: I thought only about myself and my success. So when I decided to take a gap year, I wanted to take the opportunity to focus on my community. I chose City Year because it was highly rigorous, and it seemed like a program where I could be truly useful to society. In my youth, I was given incredible gifts: supportive parents, quality schools and excellent teachers. City Year gives me the chance to pass those gifts on to students through service. It is the responsibility of every person to help maintain and improve our society in the most powerful way they can. For me, that way is City Year.
Alicia C., 22, Portland, ME
I serve at City Year Boston because I believe that all children and all students should have an equal access to fulfilling and exploring their own selves. I serve because all children—and adults—should have safer spaces where they can be and become without being embedded in and regulated by violence, prejudice, or oppression. I serve to work in humble cooperation with Mildred Avenue K-8 School students and staff and the wider Mattapan community. I serve because I have experienced things that no one should have to and because I have been privileged to receive things—like a safe home and community and a strong education from pre-school all the way through college—that everyone should have. I’ve heard it said well best other members at City Year Boston: “I serve because I shouldn’t have to.”
Laura C., 22, Waban, MA
I chose to give a year of service with City Year because I believe in its mission to create educational equality for all and because I am confident that education is the civil rights issue of my generation. I knew that I wanted to deal with education, but I picked City Year over other non-profits because of its focus on student potential. I believe in the organization’s creed that every child has enormous potential just waiting to be untapped, and I am convinced that City Year can and will drastically decrease the dropout rates in this country by reaching. I serve because I believe access to quality education is a basic human right, and not a privilege based on where a child lives. And last, but certainly not least, I chose to work in Boston because I genuinely believe that it is the greatest city in the world.
Golshan J., 21, Herndon, VA
Nothing makes me happier than helping others, it has shaped who I am—it’s my engine. After volunteering first-hand with students in low-income communities, I understand the influence a mentor can make. I stumbled upon City Year in the spring of my senior year. It was love at first sight: I was instantly attracted to it because of the strong organizational culture, inspiring values, and unique corps member role as a mentor. Itching for an adventure away from my bubble of Virginia and still on the comfort of the East coast, I applied to City Year Boston. It has been so reaffirming to be involved with an organization that has given me the sense of purpose I have been seeking and service philosophy I align with.
Joey K., 22, Oakmont, PA
Quality education has been foundational in shaping who I am as a person, and I am thankful for every opportunity I have been afforded. For much of my life, this privileged exposure to education was completely taken for granted. However, as my passion for social justice grew throughout my college career (through numerous volunteer opportunities I participated in), the grounding realization that not every child has access to educational circumstances comparable to my own has altered my career aspirations. In deciding to join City Year, I have dedicated my time to working alongside a school community, where I hope to help each child I serve will take steps toward realizing their full potential through education.
Joshua M., 23, Daytona Beach, FL
The reason that I decided to spend a year in service with City Year Boston is because I had the opportunity to speak at a City Year open house in Columbia, South Carolina when I was an undergraduate. I was impressed with City Year’s mission. Boston was especially attractive to me because, about five years ago, I was a participant in a leadership public policy program held for three days at Harvard and loved the multicultural environment that I experienced while I was here. Education is an integral part of my life. Through this year of service, I hope to gain a broader tool kit that will make me more effective serving alongside underrepresented men, women and children.
Tyler M., 22, Fall River, MA
Through much of my life, I never found education important. I was constantly finding myself in trouble and out of school. After my single mom lost her job and my family was struggling, I made a vow to myself that I would do anything I needed to assure myself that I would never go through that same struggle. I realized how important a formal education was in reaching my goal. City Year has given me the ability to share my experience with young minds and offer support to shape their futures for the betterment of themselves and our society. I chose to serve a year and put my own personal desires on hold in order to continue a legacy of top tier altruistic service in one of the greatest cities in America.
Kelly M., 23, Falmouth, ME
I serve because through substitute teaching in multiple school districts, I have witnessed the education gap between urban schools and higher income, suburban schools. I have seen the need for more qualified, caring adults in the classroom. Students want to do well and learn but often do not get the resources they need to do so. More support in the classroom means students get the attention they need to help them learn better. I also value the chance to form meaningful relationships with students. Talking to students and learning about their lives is one of the things I enjoy most in the world. I love watching students’ progress.
Sammy W., 22, Boston, MA
When he was young, my brother experienced things that no one, let alone a child, should experience. He became a lost and angry soul as he went unnoticed by all of the adults around him. In the back of my head, I always wonder to myself, “What would he be like if an adult had given him the time of day?” With all of this being said, I believe that I have witnessed my brother’s potential getting wasted. This is the main reason as to why I serve. I do not care to see another young person waste his or her potential by any means.
Rachael W., 24, Medway, MA
I serve because I believe in the power of young people to transform themselves, their communities, and the world. I believe the key to such transformation comes from education. Access to the type of quality education, which challenges a child to grow personally, question the world around them, and unlock their potential, is a human right. Sadly, generations of children have been unjustly denied this right and will continue to be denied until the work and time is dedicated to change this reality. I serve because I care and because I want to be a part of the change that needs to take place.
Amanda Y., 22, Bridgewater, MA
I serve because I can. I am incredibly lucky to be where I am today, and I truly feel like I have no other option but to give back. I had a good public school education, which has led to some amazing opportunities in my life. After graduating college, there really was not a question in my mind as to how I wanted to dedicate my next year. I cannot think of a single thing I would rather be doing than serving with City Year in my favorite city in the entire world, a city I refer to as home. Every child has the right to a great education, and I want to be a part of ensuring that happens in Boston. I am passionate about working with children, and I am so happy to be able to do this in such an impactful way.
Anna Z., 18, Wellesley, MA
I was privileged in the sense that I received a high-quality public education, lived in a very safe neighborhood, and had countless adults supporting and believing in me. For most of my childhood, I was unaware of how lucky I was. My ignorance dissolved, however, when I took a sociology course and became aware of social inequality. As I finally recognized my privilege, I felt obligated to serve those less fortunate than I. One way I began to do so was through a summer internship at City Year. The people and the vibrant culture instantly inspired me, and I felt a strong connection with City Year’s mission. A year of service to students in underserved schools seemed like a great way to use my abilities to help ease inequality on the large scale and affect individual lives on the small scale. Thus, I was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to serve those who do not have access to all the resources I had as a child.