Advertising

The Seattle Times Company

NWjobs | NWautos | NWhomes | NWsource | Free Classifieds | seattletimes.com

Education


Our network sites seattletimes.com | Advanced

Originally published Friday, October 27, 2006 at 12:00 AM

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

Javier Casio took gap year

Javier Casio, 20, a City Year Seattle/King County community-service volunteer Gap year: Successful in volunteer projects in his midteens...

Javier Casio, 20, a City Year Seattle/King County community-service volunteer

Gap year: Successful in volunteer projects in his midteens, Casio learned during his junior year at Renton's Lindbergh High School about City Year: an AmeriCorps-affiliated youth-service program. Unlike Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, both of which prefer college grads or those with several years of work experience, City Year attracts 17- to 24-year-olds who need only a high-school diploma or GED, or who want to earn their GED. It pays $175 weekly plus $4,725 for each 10-month commitment to pay for school costs or to repay college loans. As a "corps member" placed at Meany Middle School, he tutored, started an after-school cross-country club, coached track and taught one-on-one Spanish lessons. He's been promoted to "service leader" this school year. His college plans are on hold.

Looking back: Before graduating in 2005, Casio was unsure about a career path. "I was dropping dead thinking about getting my college applications ready. I needed my SAT. I really didn't want to pay for a four-year school if I could get the required classes at a cheaper rate — but what classes would I take in community college?

"When my counselor told me about City Year, it got me really interested because I was thinking about social work. I was really scared about coming to the city at first, but I got training for my leadership skills — and now I give advice and support."

Pros: "Knowing what I wanted to do gave me a good start for my senior year. I felt a lot of pressure was off. My parents were happy that I had made a decision, and I'm a family guy so that was important to me."

Advice: "There's no need to go away when there is so much need [in the Seattle area] and when you can start in your own community. ... I believe I can make a difference in middle schools — one of the hardest periods of your life."

E-mail E-mail article      Print Print      Share Share

More Education

UPDATE - 10:51 PM
Seattle Public Schools name interim financial officer

Jerry Large: It's time to change Seattle schools superintendent's job

OMG! Text lingo appearing in schoolwork

STEM grants help attract more students to sciences

Former Seattle schools attorney reverses course, offers to talk with scandal investigator

More Education headlines...

advertising


Get home delivery today!

Video

Advertising

AP Video

Entertainment | Top Video | World | Offbeat Video | Sci-Tech

Marketplace

Advertising