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Career Partner Spotlight: Moriah Washington and Peace Corps
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Moriah Washington '06  •  Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Costa Rica 2007-2009)

Moriah Washington, a self-described army brat from South Carolina, found service with City Year was the right way to start her life after graduating from Berea College. The sociology major had spent time studying abroad in Ghana and Nicaragua, and was eager to begin the career of service she started overseas after completing school. While considering her post graduate service options, Moriah found herself drawn to City Year in New Hampshire where she served as first year Team Leader. Moriah credits her time spent in New Hampshire with allowing her to build her leadership skills and a confidence in her passion for service and youth.

In her role as first year Team Leader in New Hampshire, Moriah helped to implement both in-school and after school programming including in-class support, mentoring, game nights, and family events for students in fifth through eighth grade. She cites direct involvement with school district administrators, teachers, members of the community, and her fellow corps members’ hard work with the success of her year of service. Moriah says she enjoyed the responsibilities of organizing her team to achieve the mission of City Year New Hampshire, and her experiences taught her how to effectively manage other adults, to coach her peers, and how to solve problems creatively.

Moriah then went on to work in a high school as student life coordinating, while volunteering as a guardian ad litem child advocate.

Not long after completing her service with City Year, Moriah joined the Peace Corps, one of City Year’s Career Partners, and served in Costa Rica from 2007 to 2009, where she worked as a Youth Development volunteer with the community to provide after school programming, educational support, and to establish youth and women’s groups. Moriah says that her time working with the community in New Hampshire equipped her with the skills she needed to accomplish her service in Costa Rica: she knew how to trust her skills, she knew what she needed to do to get the people around her to work together, and how to develop a collaborative relationship with the community.

Moriah most recently served as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools in Houston, Texas, a non-profit organization which seeks to expand the time spent on learning in middle schools across the country,. Her advice to current City Year Corps Members is to take a chance, to live in the moment, and take time to invest in the relationships they form while serving with City Year. Moriah currently serves as a Program Manager at two middle schools in East Harlem with City Year New York.

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