On Monday, August 20th, investment banker and philanthropic leader, Floyd Jones, spoke with the 2012-2013 City Year Seattle/King County corps. As the first in a series titled “Learning from Leaders” Floyd was asked to speak about his humble, yet very powerful, personal motto which is simply put “the more you give, the more you get.” City Year, and the larger Seattle community, has benefited greatly from Floyd’s spirit of generosity and commitment to investing in others.
During his presentation, Floyd shared stories of his personal path; one that took him from sharecropping in rural Missouri as one of 12 children, to earning his college degree with the help of the GI Bill, to professional success and giving back to the community. As he recounted the many organizations he has supported, Floyd highlighted the Union Gospel Mission and KCTS 9 as two he is particularly proud of. He then tipped his hat to the City Year corps members, expressing his appreciation for the tutoring and mentoring they will provide school children throughout the Southeast and Southwest neighborhoods of Seattle. And, with a sparkle in his eye, he applauded the group for not only being the largest corps he has had the pleasure of meeting, but the best looking as well!
When asked to provide the corps with one bit of advice, he encouraged each to engage in daily positive self-affirmations. “It is important to keep front of mind that I believe in you, you believe in you, and that today will be a good day,” Floyd reminded the corps, and he suggested they picture each of the students they work with before arriving to school each day. “These positive thoughts and warm regards for each student will really pay off,” promised Floyd. Many corps members scribbled Floyd’s tips in their notebooks and will undoubtedly put into practice these helpful recommendations in just a few weeks when the school year commences.
As the City Year corps begins 10 months of selfless service, they have much in common with Floyd and his unique disposition that puts the health of his community before his own. During his closing remarks, Floyd reminded the corps that he believes in them – and that he knows that they will do great things for the community during their year with City Year.