“I want to give back to other people. City Year is men and women working with and for others.”
Brittany Stokes ’17, a criminal justice major from Philadelphia, will make the most of her gap year before law school with her placement with City Year. She’ll spend the next year working with children in under-resourced Philadelphia schools. Her mission is to enhance the educational experience of school children, work with teachers and run after-school programs.
“My job is to show students that they matter, and I will always push to make them be better learners than they were the day before,” says Stokes, who worked in SJU’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity and was also a captain of the women’s crew team.
Stokes was inspired to apply to City Year after her Service Learning experience at Families Forward, a transitional shelter for women and children, and her Weekly Service activities at Samuel Gompers Elementary School. While she’s focused on what’s to come in the next year and how she can make a difference after leaving SJU, she says she’ll miss “the family aspect of being a Saint Joseph’s student. The criminal justice department does a great job of engaging its students and instilling in us that we can make a difference in our field.”
Feeling ready to take on her future, Stokes adds, “What excites me about City Year is being able to give back to the youth in my community.”