Guest Blog by Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President of Wheelock College

The impact of City Year is felt closely in my community of Boston and throughout the country—dedicated corps members, distinguished by their red jackets, work tirelessly to keep students in school and on trajectory in high-need urban schools.

As President of Wheelock College, I feel a deep connection and resonance with City Year as our missions are closely aligned.

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds to serve as tutors, mentors, and role models for students in grades 3 through 9 to keep them in school and on track to graduate.

Wheelock College is dedicated to improving the lives of all children and families, a mission embodied in the work of our inspiring students and alumni. Students who choose Wheelock make a conscious decision to follow a path that will change their own life and positively impact the lives of others, as they move through their education, careers, and life. Wheelock students provide over 220,000 hours of service annually to the community through field experiences in more than 280 organizations. More than 15,000 alumni are engaged around the world and across the social services spectrum as teachers, social workers, nonprofit leaders, juvenile advocates, and more. The connection between Wheelock and City year runs deep; our Vice President for Student Success and Engagement, Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook, serves on the City Year Boston board and has been engaged with City Year in some way since the early 1990s.

Each time I encounter a City Year graduate, I am inspired by his or her idealism, commitment, leadership and high level of maturity—students such as Mark Pierce, a graduate student in integrated Elementary and Special Education. Mark served in the classroom with high school freshmen on Chicago's West side and then as a Team Leader in an elementary school on Chicago's South side. He credits these experiences as being incredibly influential to his life goals. Mark recently reflected on the strength of the City Year and Wheelock combination: “City Year is an organization that captivates its members because of their incredible ideals. With my decision to further pursue education, I needed to find a home for the driving force for good that City Year sparked within me. Wheelock is that place. The two organizations' missions are one and the same, to inspire a world of good, and to do so by putting children first every step of the way.”

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Left to right) Dr. Adrian Haugabrook, Vice President for Student Success and Engagement at Wheelock College and City Year Boston Board member, Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President of Wheelock College, Sandra Lopez Burke, Vice President & Executive Director of City Year Boston, and Wheelock students, Gina Sedita (City Year Boston ’09, ’12) and Guillermo Caballero (City Year Boston ’09, ’10) (Photo credit: Stephen Dill, Wheelock College)

Because of the synergy between a City Year experience and an education at Wheelock, we are proud to partner to offer "give a year" scholarships to selected Wheelock undergraduate and graduate students who spend a year serving as City Year corps members. Wheelock annually awards up to 10 "give a year" undergraduate scholarships that provide $15,000 of financial assistance to each new student in addition to five graduate scholarships that provide a 25 percent overall tuition discount. Since 2010 when the partnership began, 35 City Year corps members chose Wheelock for their undergraduate or graduate studies. Scholarship recipients have had successful and engaging educational and leadership experiences, ranging from starting new student and service organizations on campus to conducting domestic and international service learning.

Learn more about the "Give a Year" program at wheelock.edu/cityyear

About the author:

Jackie Jenkins-Scott serves as the thirteenth President of Wheelock College, a private college in Boston, Massachusetts with a public mission to improve the lives of children and families. Under President Jenkins-Scott’s leadership, Wheelock has strengthened its core undergraduate and graduate academic programs, enhanced the undergraduate experience, and expanded the College’s reach internationally. She has emphasized cross disciplinary collaboration and community partnerships.

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