Spotlight on Cleveland
City Year cleveland Site Board Member & RJS Chair
RJS Membership Level: Bronze
Member since: 2016
Supporter of: City Year Cleveland
Anne Schoff and her husband Jim are longtime supporters of City Year, ever since their daughter Megan served with City Year Boston in 1995. In fact, Anne was part of the Cleveland Bicentennial Committee that was instrumental in bringing red jackets to Cleveland in 1996, a cornerstone of the committee’s goal to develop the next generation of civically minded leaders who would bring lasting and positive change to the city.
Twenty-two years later, Anne remains an important part of City Year Cleveland, serving on its board and as the site’s Red Jacket Society Chair. As a retired teacher, Anne has a deep understanding of the challenges that students in under-resourced schools face and how transformational the relationships and supports offered by City Year AmeriCorps members are for both students and schools.
When you reflect on the work the Corps does in schools, what to you is the absolute most important thing they do for students, every day?
I believe the most important thing to happen for a student both in and out of school is for that student to know there are adults in their life who care about and respect them.
And that’s exactly what our City Year AmeriCorps members do, every day.
I witnessed this at Glenville High School during my first school visit. Even when kids were being tough and having a terrible day, the feedback provided by the City Year AmeriCorps members was more than: “It’s going to be okay.” Instead, the corps members said: “Okay, this is an issue. What are we going to do about this, together? How can I help you work through this?” They understood that their role was to support students and help make them more successful.
As a retired teacher, what struck me most on that first school visit was everything that went into the City Year room and atmosphere, from the inspirations on the walls and boards, to the vibe of each gathering space. I listened to the conversations and issues being discussed. It was evident that the City Year AmeriCorps members cared deeply, were totally dedicated to working with kids and most importantly, knew how to show them respect.
City Year cleveland senior AmeriCorps member and Red Jacket Society Ambassador
Serving Since: 2016
Serving At: Glenville High School
Patric Hannon, 24, grew up in Cleveland and attended Bowling Green State University where he studied communication. After serving with City Year Cleveland for two years, Patric plans to attend Cleveland State University to pursue a master’s degree in psychology.
What does wearing the City Year jacket mean to you?
Wearing the City Year red jacket gives me a sense of pride knowing that I'm representing a cause greater than myself. I am always amazed when I'm out and about and a random person will yell “hey City Year.” Recognition from the community I serve in helps to keep me going. But it is the connections I make with students, from welcoming them with morning greeting to one-on-one tutoring and just catching up with individual students, that mean the most to me. Putting a smile on a student's face can be the difference between them having a rough day versus a productive day.