Spotlight on…. Jay Thompson












Name: Jay Thompson

Hometown: State College, PA

Education: B.A. in History and Psychology from the University of Rochester; M.P.S. (Master of Public Service) from the Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas

What do you do at City Year Milwaukee? Deputy Director of Program and Service

Why did you join City Year and why do you serve?  I joined City Year right after college because I was interested in doing a year of full time service before going back to school and most likely becoming a teacher.  I had a few amazing and rewarding volunteer experiences during college, so I wanted to try my hand at full time service.  For my corps year I served at a high school in north Philadelphia, and through that experience I realized how much I enjoyed serving as a mentor for students and young adults.  I serve because I believe a mentor can have a huge impact on a young person by allowing them to explore and achieve their potential.

What are you most excited about this year? I can’t wait for our corps members to begin their terms of service in August.  Being new to the area, I have been humbled by how welcoming and excited everyone I have met with has been about City Year starting up in Milwaukee, so I can’t wait for the corps members to begin so they can get to work!

What do you think will be the greatest challenge this year?  I think our greatest challenge will be to remain equally focused on the present and the future as we work to build City Year Milwaukee.

What do you do in your “free time” during City Year?  In my free time I enjoy playing and watching sports, cooking, and traveling.