Skip to content

Alumni Spotlight: Shuniqua “Blue” Guss

September 18, 2013

Alumni ProfileIMG_3063
Name: Shuniqua “Blue” Guss
Current Position: Volunteer Specialist, Louisiana Capital Area Chapter, American Red Cross
Where I Served: City Year Boston Bain Capital City Heroes Team Corps Member 2006-2007 and Senior Corps Member, Timberland Team, Training and Leadership Development, 2007-2008

Why did you join City Year and why did you stay? I joined City Year because I wanted to be the mentor I did not have and I stayed because I realized becoming a life-long learner, emerging leader, and change agent is an endless journey and bigger than my connection to AmeriCorps, City Year, Inc., and the American Red Cross.

What is your favorite thing about your current role and how has serving with City Year contributed to it? My role as Volunteer Specialist with the American Red Cross is allowing me to stay relevant, which is a personal theme I adopted for myself throughout my entire journey in Massachusetts. It connects to the personal mission statement we were asked to declare my senior corps year in the sense that no matter what is else going on, As a leader, I will trust in and lead from my own voice and challenge the process if it hinders a shared vision. I believe very strongly in the principles of servant leadership and decided a longtime ago, before I could truly articulate my purpose that I just wanted to help people – that is a mission and will take a lifetime to achieve but staying centered will help me reach one person at a time!

If you were a City Year uniform piece, what would you be and why? I would be the boots (or shoes) and as Thurgood Marshall proclaimed, “None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” City Year encourages us to believe in and practice Ubuntu; our humanity is tied to one another, so as important as it is to cultivate ourselves we need to also extend that same courtesy to others!

Do you have any advice for corps members? Trust the process, and if you have concerns address them with solutions that will allow you and your peers or supervisors to get a clear understanding of your perspective so that the rest of the journey is fruitful. Stay relevant, in your life first – read, write, dance, sing, and help others realize their connection to greatness! An organized mind is a healthy, separate yourselves from anything that is irrelevant or in complete contradiction to who you are working toward becoming…you owe it to yourself to be better every day you are given the opportunity.

What was the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at City Year? My experience with City Year has shown me how to trust the process. I dedicated my Red Jacket to trusting the process, twice. You have to be steadfast in that in order to overcome fears and complacency. It is easy to lose sight of personal and professional goals but as long as my core values are intact and my faith is strong, I can keep going!


No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: