My name is Paapa Nyanin and I am an AmeriCorps member serving with City Year. I have lived in many different countries and learned a lot about the vibrancy of different cultures. One thing that I have learned is that education is one of the most powerful assets that one can attain. As a pre-med student at Brown University, I also learned how societal injustices subject lower-income black and brown students to educational disparities. That is why before applying to medical school, I chose to serve in City Year because it allows me to be both an academic and near peer resource to my students. Malcolm X once said, "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." Every student I encounter has the potential to seize and positively impact the future. I feel fortunate that I contribute to the preparing my students today in hopes of a better tomorrow. I am Paapa Nyanin and I am one of one million.