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“Are the Holes Just a Style Thing?”

There’s a house on the corner of our block that always has a calico cat sitting on the porch. I first noticed it one fateful night when I had sprinted barefoot out of our door after my housemate, Luke, who was taking our recently captured house mouse to be released into the wild. I had my reservations Read More

Lessons From A First Grader

I have taken up residency in the Windy City and Mission Year has finally materialized. Before I dive into what it’s like being here, y’all need context. So let’s get some of the logistics out of the way first. 1. I live in Southside Chicago (West Englewood) in an apartment with nine people…And I love Read More

Expanding the Boundaries of “Family”

The beginning of this past June marked by my fourth and final “Come & See” weekend as a team member of Mission Year. These weekends create space for the family and friends we have from home to come join in on a weekend here in the city and share in the lives we have created Read More

Great Expectations

When I entered Mission Year, I thought I knew what I was getting into. I would live in a house, with several other people, volunteer at a service site four days a week, and engage in the neighborhood in which I would be placed. Simple, right? Little did I know that upon entering this journey Read More

The Person I Am Becoming

Mission Year staff often talks about being stretched and being uncomfortable and I tell you, this hasn’t been the easiest journey. This transition into adulthood, planting myself in Chicago and internal battles has left me with major growing pains. Going home to  Atlanta for Christmas break was very unfamiliar and  made me realize how much Read More

A Bridge Between Two Worlds

This month has really been a great month of learning a lot about myself. It all started with just going to the local library to peruse of their computers to search for books. I also had to turn in a book I finished reading. As I was searching in the box for anything related to “Navajo” Read More

The Dark Side of Christmas

I am feeling mixed feelings about Christmas this year. With the persistent images of violence over our screens the last few weeks, it is hard to get in the Christmas spirit. I usually love this time of year: the lights, the snow, and the giving and receiving of gifts. Yet, this year more than ever, I am Read More

Jobs vs. Year-Long Programs, pt 3

We get a lot of questions about why someone might choose to do a year-long program like Mission Year, instead of getting a job right out of college, or why someone might step away from a job in their 20’s, for a year. We asked one of our second year (MY2) program participants his thoughts.   Read More

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