Stephen serves as Program Coordinator for the Global Learning Network. Prior to joining America Achieves, he served for two years with City Year in Washington, DC. During his first year at City Year, Stephen served as a corps member on the Acacia Group Team at Kelly Miller Middle School, working with a cohort of 7th graders. During his second year, he served as the Team Leader of the Microsoft Diplomas Now Team at Cardozo Senior High School, leading a team of eight corps members working with 9th- and 10th-grade students. Stephen grew up in Syracuse, New York, and holds a deep appreciation for the power of national and community service.
What draws you to the work of America Achieves?
I want to work with an organization that is making an effort to enact real change for the students of America. The work we do has the potential to positively affect the lives of millions of children across the country, children who are in very real danger of growing up without the tools they need to live happy, successful lives. My goal is to do everything I can to make sure that we are working to achieve the standards these children deserve.
What do we most need to do to improve the lives of America’s youth?
We should do our best to help people understand that there is no “quick fix” to the issues our youth face today. Whatever path we take will be long and difficult, but the promise of securing a better, brighter future for the next generation is worth the struggle.