CYLA AmeriCorps Member Onboarding Resources Orientation Guide - Page 42

Where will I work? City Year Los Angeles serves in four neighborhoods in clustered in Southeast LA: Westlake/ Korea Town, Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts. For the 2017-2018 school year, CYLA served in 31 schools, which are a mix of elementary, middle and high schools in each neighborhood. There may be variation and additions to the schools CYLA serves for the 2018-2019 school year. During your service year you will work with a team of your peers at one of our partner schools. The placement survey each AmeriCorps Member completes helps the CYLA staff determine where you will serve, to create diverse and balanced teams. You will find out what neighborhood you will serve in by the end of June. Specific school placements are revealed during the 1 st week of training after you service begins on July 30 th . In addition to your school site, you will occasionally work at the City Year Los Angeles Headquarters office, which is centrally located downtown. You will come to the office to register for the program as well as for many trainings days, after-service meetings, and professional development sessions throughout the year. Where should I live? In order to find the best living situation, there are multiple factors to consider. It is important to be honest with yourself when thinking through your housing options, because a difficult living situation can make your City Year experience more stressful. The only person who can answer these questions for you is you! How much are you willing to pay for housing? You will likely get around $1000 each month after taxes for your stipend (your take home amount is dependent on your tax elections, which City Year does not control and cannot advise you on). When considering rent options, think about what other resources you might have and how much you are willing to dedicate to housing (suggested rent is $500-$700). This might seem daunting in a city like LA, but there are definitely options available within this range. How important is safety? What do you consider “safe”? Any neighborhood in any city can be dangerous if you act without caution, but some do have higher crime rates than others. Later sections in this packet offer resources to find some statistics, but always visit a location, if you can, to get a sense of your own level of comfort there. How important is the surrounding location to you? A re you looking for a bustling nightlife right outside your door? Do you prefer a more suburban setting? Do you want to be close to popular sites? How far do you want to travel to get to the grocery store? Once you've found a neighborhood that suits you, before you take the plunge, we recommend you come back for another visit at night. Some neighborhoods can transform from charming to sketchy as night falls, and if crime is a concern, consult a LAPD crime map. 42 | C o r p s M e m b e r O r i e n t a t i o n & R e s o u r c e G u i d e Return to Navigation