Sean Morrin is 23 years old and originally from San Diego, CA. He studied political science and philosophy at Villanova University. His passion for service began in high school with trips to an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. This passion was bolstered throughout college when Sean participated in week-long Habitat for Humanity trips throughout the country.
What inspires your continued involvement with City Year?
My experience with City Year has taught me that service for others, especially to students, is not a job, it truly is a lifestyle. I continue to serve because City Year’s mission is not complete, the means of completing the mission are not perfect, and there continue to be students that do not receive the adequate support they need to succeed.
Which of your values align with City Year?
One of City Year’s core values is “Belief in the Power of Young People” which directly aligns with the reason that I applied to be a corps member. I steadfastly believe that young people are a catalyst for change in society and will consistently exceed expectations set for them.
City Year has opened my eyes to the fact that this rings true for both the students that we work with and the corps members who give a year to transform lives. Young people are America’s greatest asset if given the right opportunities and tools. I believe that City Year is a vehicle through which the power of all young people can be harnessed and released upon the world.
What has been your greatest challenge with City Year?
As soon as I began serving with City Year I quickly realized two things: first, there is lots of work to be done to fix the inequalities within our education system; second, there are not enough hours in the day or willpower in my soul to fix those problems by myself, an inherent challenge within the scope of any social justice work.
The greatest challenge for me has been to accept systemic issues as a reality and rise above those issues in order to serve students in a meaningful way. A corps member has to simultaneously balance the knowledge that the system is seemingly broken AND truly believe that the students they serve can succeed within that system. It is no easy feat, but corps members are doing it on a daily basis across the country and that is inspiring.
Where do you want to be in two years?
I plan on living in Seattle and working toward educational justice through direct service to the community.