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I knew I wanted to do something big after college – something that would allow me to apply my skills and interests
to a good cause, but wouldn’t restrain me to a cubicle. My passion for helping others brought me to Service Year,
and I’m excited to discover what opportunities await.
Name: Jason Hughes
Education Level: College Graduate
Preferred Service Location: Philadelphia, PA
Focus Area of Interest: Education & Youth
After exploring many great options for organizations, I knew that Soaring Eagle Elementary was a good match based on my passion
for special education. I was able to narrow down my search results based on my skills and interests, and that made all the difference!
Program Name: Soaring Eagle Elementary
Mentoring Position Name: Youth Mentor
Start Date September 2015
Traveling to a new city for my service year position meant exchanging the comforts of home for an exciting new experience. Keeping
an open mind and hard work ethic during my first few weeks allowed me to truly embrace everything new that came my way, and
I’m so glad I did!
I have learned so much from serving as a mentor! Each day is challenging and different, but it is extremely rewarding. Not a day goes by
where I don’t feel like I’ve made a difference and helped at least one of my students overcome a challenge. I’m proud to be doing
meaningful service! This experience has helped me build practical skills that go well beyond what I learned in the classroom, such as
collaboration, patience, and flexibility.
Now that my year of service is complete, I’m ready to put my new skills towards my career! I’m very confident my Service Year
experience will continue to serve me well!
My Service Year left me feeling empowered to inspire others in my community! I remain engaged by volunteering on the weekends and lead by
mentoring incoming Soaring Eagle Elementary corps members!
There are thousands of young people across America who share your calling to make a difference. Through a service year, you'll meet and interact with these like-minded people and learn from each other's unique experiences.
No matter when you decide to do your service year, the experience will transform your life and the community you serve. Join now or use the chat icon to get your questions answered by service year alums.