City Year AmeriCorps member

We know all children can succeed. Yet, the 10 million students who live in areas of concentrated poverty are twice as likely to face traumatic experiences that interfere with their ability to arrive at school every day ready to learn. Nationally, students in these circumstances graduate high school at rates that are nearly 22 percentage points lower than their middle and upper income peers. These inequities are driven by gaps between what students need and what schools have been traditionally designed and resourced to provide.

Despite the heroic efforts of teachers and administrators, high-need schools require additional capacity to provide students with the academic skills and mindsets they need to achieve at high levels and become engaged and productive members of the community.

This is where City Year comes in. 

City Year partners with schools to help bridge the gap by providing diverse, talented and trained young adult tutors, mentors and role models who work alongside teachers to support student success. 

City Year is contributing to a clearer and bolder vision of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration and risk-taking, where every student feels safe and connected to the school community; where data is used continuously to help promote student growth and achievement; and where all students have access to positive, caring relationships and personalized learning environments that encourage them to persevere through challenges, build on their strengths and thrive.

Learn about our approach.

1  Jargowsky, P.A. (2015). Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium: Changes in Prevalence, Composition, and Location of High Poverty Neighborhoods. The Century Foundation and Rutgers Center for Urban Research and Education. Pg. 3-4. Retrieved from: https://tcf.org/assets/downloads/Concentration_of_Poverty_in_the_New_Millennium.pdf

2 Balfanz, R., Bridgeland, J.M., Fox, J.H., DePaoli, J.L., Ingram, E.S., & Maushard, M. (2015). Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic (Annual Report 2015). Pg. 6; 22. Retrieved from here.

3 Carnevale, A.P., Smith, N., Gulish, A., & Hansen, A.R. (2015). Iowa: Education and Workforce Trends Through 2025. Washington, DC: Georgetown University. Pg. 7. Retrieved from https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/Iowa_Wrkfrce2025.pdf.