Sarah Lyle

Sarah Lyle

Senior Corps Member

City Year

Columbus, OH USA

Be present. Don't let the fear of the future block out the light that you could be shining today.


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My road in life took a while to figure out.
Always knew that she wanted to help people, and that she liked kids, so she entered college as an education major.
Realized she didn't want to teach the same curriculum year after year; switched her major to biology-thought she'd help people through the sciences instead.
Eventually fell into psychology, where she had a supervisor who had participated in City Year.
City Year is a national nonprofit that helps at-risk students improve their attendance records, class performance, and behavior.
She applied and was accepted to the program; went directly into City Year after she graduated, has been there for two years.
Works with a lot of students who grow up in stressful environments, are angry with their home lives and don't know how to express it.
Says kids' initial reaction to her is often one of suspicion; they're reluctant to admit they need help, want to do everything on their own.
Now she goes into schools with the understanding that she's fighting uphill battles, but knowing that ultimately, her work will pay off.
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High School
Psychology, General
Ohio Northern University


Senior Corps Member

I volunteer full time as a tutor, mentor, and role model in an urban elementary school to resolve the dropout crisis.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I work with a lot of students who grow up in stressful environments, are angry with their home lives and don't know how to express it. I support the creation of new school partnerships. I lead a team of seven corps members through the City Year experience through observation and feedback sessions, biweekly check-in meetings, and general coaching, while performing the duties of a Corps Member.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Gain significant leadership development skills, specifically in the areas of leading a team composed of people from diverse backgrounds, project planning and management, working with children and youth, civic knowledge, public speaking and communication, and community assessment.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Stay in the present. There is a future out there, but don't let the fear of not getting there block you. Focus on small things you can do every day to get you to your goal.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Psychology, General


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"This is really hard, I don't think I can manage this stress. "