|National Service Scholar Lindsay Trapp|
Lindsay Trapp '10, '11 • New York University - Silver School of Social Work '12
"I felt that City Year was the
absolute best way to not only put my
degree to work, but broaden my horizons
personally and professionally."
Why did you decide to join City Year?
I applied to city year half way through my senior year of college. At the time, I was going to the University of New Hampshire, studying social work. I knew I wanted to move to the New York City that I wanted to gain experience in the social work field before applying to graduate school to attain my Masters in Social Work. A friend of mine told me about City Year and applied with me. I wanted to work with children and adolescents in a school setting to provide wrap-around services and, I felt that City Year was the absolute best way to not only put my degree to work, but broaden my horizons personally and professionally.
I ended up doing two years of service with City Year. In my first year, I was placed at Middle School (MS) 302 in the South Bronx. I had never been to the Bronx in my life and had no idea what I was getting myself into. I felt extremely out of place. One of the things I value most about my City Year experience was having the opportunity to completely leave my comfort zone, challenge myself, and have the support of nearly 300 others in the same Timberland shoes as me. I feel I have become a part of the South Bronx community, which would have never happened had it not been for City Year. The knowledge I gained from my first 10 months of City Year are incomparable to anything else I had done in the past, or have done since.
During my corps year at CYNY, I had the fortune of being placed in a middle school. We built our school partnership from the ground up. We developed the school’s first service learning based after school program (After School Heroes) as well as produced several highly successful school wide events.
My second year I came back as a Team Leader at MS 302. In my new role, which involved corps member management and development, partnership management, service quality control, and event coordinating, I began learning the ins and outs of managing peers and partnerships. Unlike my corps year, I felt I grew in my understanding of program management, which has shown to be invaluable.
Right now, I am in graduate school at New York University working towards obtaining my master’s in social work. I graduate in May 2012, and hope to be a licensed clinical social worker by mid-summer. My career goal is to become a school social worker in New York City. I want to help provide students with the social-emotional support they need to overcome their daily obstacles in the way of reaching their potential.