Powerful Results 

"City Year has been one of the most impactful near-peer mentor programs I've measured in over three decades of public education service.   The effects of the Corp on students' attendance, behavior and course completion has contributed to double-digit percentage gains in achievement across all five disciplines as measured on the State's standardized graduation test, an extraordinary decrease in reported level I disciplinary incidents, and a significant increase in the number of students matriculating to the next grade level.   I have the data; the partnership works!" 
-Dr. J. Daniel Good, Superintendent, Columbus City Schools

Since 1995, City Year AmeriCorps members have positively impacted Columbus' schools. Over the past two decades, we’ve made great strides in the Columbus community. We measured our results and here's what we found:

  • Given more than a million hours to service
  • Impacted more than 75,000 students 
  • Encouraged nearly 10,000 community volunteers give back to Columbus
  • Deployed more than 600 corps members

During the 2014-2015 Academic City Year:

  • AmeriCorps members served more than 70,000 hours in Columbus and Columbus City Schools.
  • 275 students were enrolled in attendance interventions, with 18% of students showing improvement.
  • 201 students were enrolled in behavior interventions, with 68% of students showing improvement.
  • 322 students were enrolled in English coursework interventions, with 72% of students showing improvement.
  • 327 students were enrolled in math coursework interventions, with 67% showing improvement.
  • The 2015 State of the District Report found that Sough High school and Linden McKinley STEM Academy, two schools with the greatest challenges in terms of past Ohio graduation test performance and where City Year had a total of 25 AmeriCorps members, showed the greatest overall improvement in number of student in all five subject areas, and did so with double-digit increases.

Our hard work has paid off and has resulted in:

More attendance

91% of students made it to school more often — by at least two more days.

Better grades

85% of students in grades 6 through 9 improved at least one letter grade.

Improved academics

80% of teachers say corps members improved their students’ overall academic performance.

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