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Service Year Stories

Learn what it’s like to complete a service year from actual corps members.

Stephen Wheadon
Corey Benjamin
Taylor Dawn Hicks
Katrina Bitanga
Brie Gamer

Stephen Wheadon

City Year

“This experience has changed my life in ways I could have never imagined and I am forever grateful to have done a service year.”

I served in an under-resourced middle school to help get students on track to graduation.The service year experience was challenging, but knowing that I was making an impact on the lives of others made it so empowering.

Corey Benjamin

Public Allies

“Service empowered me to realize that I--we--can make a real, large, and tangible difference. We have the ability to be change agents in the world.”

Taylor Dawn Hicks

Reading Partners

“I am doing a service year because I wanted to positively impact someone in the community.”

Katrina Bitanga

City Year

“It is a great honor to serve and give back to the larger DC community. I am a firm believer that no one individual can make it through life without being inherently tied to others.”

Brie Gamer

Community HealthCorps

“I would definitely encourage my friends to do a service year. I think that it's a great opportunity to take what you've learned in school and apply to real world experience.”

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