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Stephen Wheadon

Stephen is from the Wilkes-Barre, greater-Scranton area of Pennsylvania. He graduated from high school in June 2014 and hopes to matriculate to college in the fall of 2015, where he intends to study business and international communication. Stephen has been driven to serve for as long as he can remember and volunteered regularly in high school. At just 18, his parents worried he wouldn’t be ready for the challenge of City Year – or to live on his own – but Stephen convinced them he could handle the responsibility. “Things I learn day to day are really preparing me for any opportunity in the future,” he says. “I’m constantly thinking analytically, thinking on the spot, thinking about what’s best for other people and how to work on a team. The organizational skills I’m building will play a vital role in whatever I do next.”

I try to set them [students] up for as much success as possible and just show them that I truly care. I don’t want to give up on them and I’m not going to lose hope, and I want the students to remember that.

There’s times I see a student, want to give him a high-five, and I get turned down. But that same student will be asking me for help in class – Mr. Wheadon how do I do this? They truly appreciate me. Sometimes they’re afraid to show it, but they love City Year, they love what we do, and do feel like I am being a role model to these students.