Guest Blog – Never Forget The Human Aspect

Megan and Daniel served together at City Year San Jose


Never Forget The Human Aspect

by Megan Baker

Daniel asked me to write a post about my biggest takeaway from my two years of service with City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley – and I’ve been promising him all week that I’d make it happen. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to say. How could I possibly boil it down to one succinct message? How can I take two years of experiences that changed my life forever and describe it in say, 500 words or less?

Whenever I started to think about what I wanted to say, I kept going back to a saying we have at City Year:

We must never lose the human aspect of what we are doing

In my post service life, I have found it all too easy to get wrapped up in the day to day details of work and attending graduate school. I find myself getting frustrated with feeling like I do not having enough time to accomplish everything I need to do. As a social media manager of City Year’s national channels, it’s easy to look at each of our Twitter followers or Facebook fans as just a number or a demographic.

But then I receive a message on the Facebook fan page from a child telling me that their City Year corps member changed their life for the better. Or an alum posting about how much they miss City Year and expressing gratitude for the opportunities it brought them.

And in those moments as they speak to “City Year,” I am touched. I am reminded of the connection to humanity that comes with the nature of our work – no matter what role you have in the organization.

So, what have I learned from my City Year experience? I learned that I am human. And that simple fact is what connects me to everyone else in this world – whether I connect with them online, in person, or if we never connect at all. And for this mentality, I am grateful.


Megan Baker is Digital Content Coordinator for City Year, Inc.

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