More New Content from Team Cody

In front of the DPS float

Team Cody in front of the DPS float at the Parade Company

Hello! Team Cody has uploaded new content.

There are two new articles about partnering with teacher in their classrooms from Corps Members Chrissy Starzyk and Jimmy Johnson. You can find their thoughts on the subject on the partnerships page.

The math and attendance pages also have new content. Attendance Co-Coordinators, Stacy Starr and Heather Bishop wrote about how they put together an attendance VIP lounge for the students of Cody High School.

On the math page Adrienne Cocci wrote about a new learning tool she created. She put together lessons for every 9th grade math subject in a binder that every team member has access to.

But what is probably the most exciting new addition to our team’s page is our “Day in the Life” page. This page will contain the more personal stories from Team Cody’s year of service. The first story was written by one of our Behavior Co-Coordinators, Evette Dziedzic. Evette wrote about building relationships with students, one of the most important aspects of our job here as corps members.

School Team Pages

Team Cody at Opening Day

Team Cody at Opening Day

City Year Detroit is trying something new on our Blog!

Team Cody has been working hard to put together their own wing of this website. As a reader, if you glance at thenavigation bar you will notice there is now a “School Teams” tab. If you click on it, or hover over it, you will notice a list of school teams. If you were to go one step further and click on Cody High School’s link you will notice a home page for Team Cody’s own page. This is where Team Cody will be uploading and sharing stories about their service in City Year.

Team Cody would like to invite readers to check out their pages. These pages include short bios about all the team members, blogs written by the members about service events, their day to day activities in school, and their various projects they have been working on.

There is always something new going on so Team Cody will be updating rather frequently. Keep an eye out for new content.

Team Cody hopes you enjoy all the new content and encourages you to comment. They would like to hear from you!

This is just another way to share how we make better happen and we hope you enjoy it.

-Jennifer Choate, Corps Member, Communication Coordinator at Cody High School

Role Models

Matt Gordon, Team Leader, Deloitte Team Serving at Cody High School

City Year gives corps members the unique experience of living vicariously through the students we serve. I believe that it is a struggle to even begin to grasp the difficulty of the inner-city until you can feel it. So, in taking a year of my time to serve the city and try to positively affect the students of Cody High School, what have I learned? I have learned that making any change takes significant time and effort. Students need to know that there is someone that has already found some type of success that believes in them and is willing to help them find a path towards a safer, smarter future. Seeing progress is a long, long fight, and that is where role models come in. I believe that City Year does a great job of creating role models in their corps members by pushing us to uphold the ideals of hard work, teamwork, and leadership when donning the CY uniform. It then falls upon the corps members to step up and help lead their students.

It is always easy to point out a lack of motivation or desire in students who fail to make it through the obstacle course that is a failing public school system. Why don’t the students work harder or study more? Why can’t they sit quietly and listen to a lesson rather than running in and out of the classroom yelling profanities? While some of these questions may be valid and can be undeniably infuriating on a daily basis, how often is one of the main causes for difficulty, a lack of strong role models, properly addressed? I ask myself–could I have pushed myself to overcome a lack of food, shelter, or safety on a daily basis and bring myself to school if I didn’t have strong, consistent role models pulling me toward the goal of graduation?
I believe that success comes from repetition. You cannot simply read a book that details how to escape from poverty and then change your life. To make any significant change, one must devote hours, days, or even years towards committing to a different future. This is why being a positive role model is so important. A positive role model demonstrates how (leading by example) to dedicate oneself to hard work on a daily basis and then provides support every at every step along the way. It is my hope that through City Year I have both helped students at Cody learn how to live better and one day become positive role models themselves, and that I have shaped my own abilities and perceptions so that I may continue living the ideals I learned at City Year through the rest of my life.