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Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Etienne
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"Some of the people I served with are now in med school and some went to graduate school for business. It doesn't matter what you plan on doing afterwards. That has nothing to do with service. This has to do with giving back to others.”


Although City Year Miami Alumni Rebecca Etienne no longer zips up her red jacket every day to go to work, she takes a little bit of City Year into her work every day as an account editor at an online marketing agency in Miami.

"City Year does a lot of professional development over the year and a lot of that I brought over to my new job,"
Etienne said.

Etienne, who grew up in Miami and got her Bachelor’s degree in English at Florida International University (FIU), served as a mid-year City Year Miami Corps member from January 2010 to June 2010. She then continued with City Year for a year as a Senior Corps Member.

City Year Miami does multiple trainings throughout the year, including leadership development centered on Corps Members’ life after City Year (LACY) plans. Etienne said the trainings taught her to put City Year on her resume and explain the value of her service year to her employers. She added that City Year staff also supported her job search.

City Year (staff) was willing to help me find something to do afterward. Even things like writing a recommendation letter for me helped tremendously.

Still, Etienne stressed that at the crux of City Year is service and her most vivid memories involve her students.

"City Year was the most interaction I’ve had with students before. It was great to see how excited they were to see us every day and to see the kids improve; also with the teachers too, they showed us a lot of appreciation,” Etienne said.

She would give one word of advice to future Corps Members: Don’t user your year of service to procrastinate your future plans.

"My number one piece of advice is to know what you’re going to do after your year of service… because it goes by so quickly; it’s nice to have a plan your transition is smooth.”