Meet the Team
Please also check out “A Day in the Life” for the stories from our year of service
The Team Leaders
Crystal Lee is a 24-year-old native of Chicago, serving her second year with City Year Detroit. In her second year with City Year, she is serving as a co-Team Leader to support the CMs and act as a liaison. She graduated from DePauw University with a major in English Writing and a minor in Biology. Her interests include music, chess, and poetry. After City Year, she plans to earn a graduate degree in journalism or creative
writing. She serves as both Inkinding and Evaluation coordinator. As the Inkinding coordinator, she is responsible for developing a system for requesting donations from businesses so that event planning goes as smoothly as possible. As the Evaluation Coordinator, she is responsible for collecting and documenting student data and giving updates on where the team stands in terms of its goals.
Crystal Lee says, “I serve [as a City Year corps member] to be a resource for students, so that each of them will have the opportunity to achieve academic success, regardless of who they are, what they look like, or where they come from because everyone deserves that opportunity.
Sarah Emeritz was born and raised in Washington, DC. She went to the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a Bachelor degree in both Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Nordic Studies. She plans to attend the University of Michigan beginning in Fall 2014 for a Masters in Social Work with a Clinical Mental Health focus to work in Interpersonal Practice. She loves cooking, baking, exploring new places, going on adventures, hearing other people’s stories, and fitness.
Sarah serves as a co-Team Leader which requires her to support the CMs and act as a liaison. She also acts as the Outreach and After School Pro-gram Coordinator. As the Outreach Coordinator she communicates and builds connections with different organizations to plan event and community service opportunities. As After School Program Coordinator she oversees the tutoring programs and finds other on-going programs for Corps Members to partner with to engage students.
Sarah says, “I serve [as a City Year corps member] because I want to make a difference in the lives of others; because my growth depends on the growth of others; and because every moment someone devoted to making me the person I am was done so that I could pay it forward to others.”
Heather Bishop is really excited to serve as a 2013-2014 City Year Detroit Corps member. She is a recent graduate of Denison University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Educational Studies. While at Denison, she served as a member of the Pi Gamma chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Heather was also very active within the Denison Community Association. Serving as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and as a tutor in America Reads were highlights of her collegiate career.
Currently, she is serving as a corps member in Team Cody, as well as acting as co-coordinator of attendance initiatives. She says, “I serve because I believe that an excellent education is one of the greatest gifts a student can receive. I am elated and humbled to have this opportunity to help students grow into lifelong learners.”
Jenny Choate is a 23-year-old who graduated from the University of Michigan last spring. She received her Bachelors Degree in Economics, a subject she became passionate about while she was working on her Associates Degree in Business Management at Oakland Community College.
While in school, Jenny spent most of her time with her schools’ marching bands as a member of the color guard. One of her favorite moments was performing during halftime at the Big House.
Now, Jenny serves as City Year Corps Member. Besides her role as a tutor, mentor, and role model, she works as the Communications Coordinator on material to share with partners of City Year. This material includes newsletters, a blog, and Twitter account.
She says, “I serve because every child should have a chance to receive the best education regardless of where they are growing up.”
This is Adrienne Cocci. She is a 22-year-old from Sterling, Massachusetts. She recently graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences. This is her first time in Detroit and she is enjoying exploring the city.
Adrienne is serving as her team’s Math Coordinator. As the Math Coordinator, she hears the concerns of her teammates regarding math. She then addresses those concerns as she finds better ways to help the students we work with learn. She will also be planning at least on math centered after school activity to help reinforce mathematical skills students learn during their days in school.
Adrienne says, “I serve [as a City Year corps member] for the light bulb moments; when a student understands more than they thought was possible and understand their potential.”
This is Evette Dziedzic. She is a 23 year old who has been working to attain her degree at Eastern Michigan University. Soon, the hard work she has put in will be paying off because she is only a semester away from graduating. Besides attending school, Evette has worked in schools for eight years and she will continue to do so after she receives her degree. While it is obvious Evette has put a lot of her focus on enriching her students, she is also very passionate about enriching Detroit which may have played a part in her choice to serve at City Year.
This year she not only has been serving as a corps member at City Year, but she is also a co-coordinator of our behavior initiative. As such she works very heavily with the 50 Acts of Leadership program.
About serving she says, “I serve because a zip code shouldn’t dictate your opportunities.”
Jimmy Johnson is a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied Psychology and American History. He enjoys reading, sports, and cooking. He also enjoys watching movies and fitness. He aspires to use his passion for learning and leadership to become a high school History and English teacher — possibly even an administrator. He likes making people happy and strives to learn as much as he can wherever he may go.
Jimmy is currently serving as a City Year Corps Member and as Literacy Coordinator. He says this role reflects and is shaped by his own personal love for reading and learning. He will be working to promote this love for students.
He says, “I serve to make learning a priority for these children by making the curriculum engaging, relevant, and accessible.”
Chrissy Starzyk is 22 years old and grew up in Troy, Michigan. She graduated this past spring with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a minor in Art History. She is currently in the application process for graduate schools where she plans to get a Masters of Arts and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology.
Currently, she is serving as a City Year Corps Member and also taking on the role of Behavior Co-Coordinator for Team Cody. She helps organize the events, lesson plans, and meetings she and other CMs will have with their students to work towards improving behavior.
She spends most of her time outside of City Year with family and friends. She en-joys baking, going to museums, playing with her dog, and reading. Chrissy says, “I serve because I believe in the power of young people and I believe that education is the key to unlocking their potential.”
This is Stacy Starr from Muskegon, MI. He is a 22 year old alumni of Albion College. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He enjoys sports, playing video games, reading, and solving Rubik’s Cubes of various shapes and sizes. He has eleven tattoos, most of which represent his family in one way or another because family is the most important thing to him. He has two dogs, a Boxer and a Boston Terrier. Their names are Babus and Dup-py, respectively. He describes him-self as laid back and fairly ap-proachable.
Currently, he is serving as a corps member in Team Cody, as well as acting as co-coordinator of attend-ance initiatives. He says, “I serve because I growing up I had excel-lent role models and I want to be a positive role model for someone who may not have been as blessed as I was!” He would like to invite anyone to ask him anything else they would like to know.