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Upcoming Events


May 15: City Year Boston "Be the Change" Breakfast

May 21-22: National Leadership Summit

May 22: City Year 25th Anniversary Gala


City Year Boston by the numbers*


This month's CYB By the Numbers is brought to you by the Wellington Management team serving at Trotter Elementary School:

-24 external supporters came and read to different classes during our annual Read Aloud Day.

-14 families came to participate and share a meal with students and corps members during our Starfish Extended Day Program Potluck.

-In the past month, students at the Trotter in grades 3-5 have read a total 283 books.

-66 students were able to attend this month's Perfect Attendance Ice Cream Party.

-The 5th grade has hosted 8 speakers to discuss the Civil Rights Movement in Boston.


*As of 04/13/2014


This month we would especially like to thank…


Thank you to Deloitte for hosting the Irving Team Appreciation Breakfast. We appreciate the time they took to meet the team and to hear more about all the hard work that has been put into this school year. 

Thank you to Bain & Co for not only hosting their team serving at the Hennigan but also the Senior Corps for Stump Trivia Night at the Bain & Co office.

A round of applause to Marcy Reed and everyone at National Grid for an awesome service day at the National Grid US office in Waltham. So much was accomplished for the students in the Boston community.

Shout out to the best basketball referees, Jenny and Matt from Westfield Capital. The Mildred Ave students and Westfield Capital Management team serving there truly appreciate the time you took out of your schedule to participate in their basketball game.

Thank you to the Foundation To Be Named Later for allowing City Year Boston to nominate deserving students from the Burke High School for the Peter Gammons' Scholarship.

April 2014


Uncovering Confidence
By Cat Nwachukwu, corps member serving on the CSX team at The English High School

By the end of April, corps members will have been in service for over 8 months and are seeing how much progress students have made since the beginning of year, reflecting on their long-term impact.

The first time I tried to work with Mara*, she literally ran away from me, screaming, "No!"

It wasn't exactly the warmest welcome. Alas, I laughed it off and found my way to help other students with their classwork. The next day, when Mara saw me, she said, "Oh gosh, not you again."

I smiled and said, "Hi, Mara!" I greeted her with the same welcoming enthusiasm every day, and after weeks of receiving cold shoulder responses, Mara finally let me sit with her in class.

Click here to read about how a corps member inspired a student to connect with centuries of history.

Success in Schools: Collaborating with the Cookbook Project
By Denys Godwin, corps member serving on the National Grid team at Blackstone Elementary School

In four words, one student at Blackstone Elementary School eloquently summed up the idea of the Cookbook Project (CBP): "Food gives us feelings."

This semester, in collaboration with the Blackstone, CBP, and the Barbara Lynch Foundation, our team incorporated a lesson plan from the Cookbook Project curriculum each week during our extended day program. Thus far, students have made their own recipe books, learned the difference between whole foods and processed foods, and created their own fruit salads.

Recently, we were lucky to have CBP's co-founders, Adam Aronovitz and Alissa Bilfield, visit and teach our students about the origins of different ingredients.

Click to read about how students learned the meaning behind "you are what you eat."


Words from the Community
"This is Boston, after all, a city of courage and champions, a city of hope, and a city of heart."

--Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston Marathon Tribute, April 15, 2014


CY in the News

"President Bill Clinton to Accept Legacy Award at City Year's 25th Anniversary Gala on May 22," Yahoo! News

"Global Month of Service: Starbucks Partners and City Year Invest in Communities and Student Success," Starbucks Newsroom


Corps Member Spotlight
By Lucia Ansara, corps member serving on the Bank of America team at Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot K-8 School

I serve as a City Year corps member because I believe I can make a difference in the lives of others. Every student should have the opportunity to excel in their education regardless of their race, economic status or learning style. By giving a year of service, I will positively impact those who struggle in school by providing additional support and motivation they need to stay on track. With my learning disability, it was very difficult and frustrating for me to get through all of school. However, I was successful with the support of many wonderful people in my life. I chose to do City Year because I want to be able to give back that support that I received.

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.

Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established programs in 24 cities, including Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, SC, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock/North Little Rock, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Greater Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, and Washington, D.C., and international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.

Team Sponsors: Bain & Company, Bain Capital, Bank of America, Comcast, CSX, Deloitte, DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, MFS Investment Management, National Grid, State Street, Summit Partners and Westfield Capital Management, Wellington Management

Co-Team Sponsors: Foundation To Be Named Later, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, PTC, and Sun Life Financial

Boston Leadership Sponsors: Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts Service Alliance, MBTA and NECN


National Leadership Sponsors 2013: AmeriCorps, ARAMARK, AT&T, Bank of America, Cisco Foundation, Comcast|NBCUniversal, CSX, Deloitte, Microsoft, Pepsi and 25th Anniversary sponsored by Bain Capital

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