This is a guest blog post from Equal Justice Works’ Public Programs Manager, Taí Merey Alex.
I was an AmeriCorps member in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City from 2000 to 2001. The program was a successful partnership between AmeriCorps and the YMCA with the goal of providing classroom assistance to public school teachers, and to facilitate an after-school program for elementary school children. I was placed in a second grade classroom where I worked mostly with students who had learning or behavioral challenges, or who were advanced academically. I also led several workshops in the after-school program, focused primarily on dance, theater, physical education, and health.