It’s always difficult to summarize what makes a city so great. For Detroit, it could be one of many things; our rich diversity, the thriving art scene, music from all around the world, or the number of amazing places to eat, but truly our greatest asset as a city is our people. A vibrant city filled with culture, Detroit offers a wide range of opportunities and entertainment for young people. Now more than ever, Detroit is a great place for young people to make their mark and generate long term positive impact in the community. When you serve in City Year Detroit you become a part of these communities helping students succeed and contributing to the success of a generation.
Why We Need You
Despite everything that makes Detroit unique and vibrant, some students in Detroit face significant challenges every day. Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) serves approximately 50,000 students. Collectively, students across the district speak over 30 different languages. As such a large district, it’s common for students to attend a school in a different neighborhood from their homes, causing unique transportation and logistical challenges that make it difficult for students to get to school and arrive on time. DPSCD schools are among the lowest-performing schools in the US. City Year Detroit currently partners with nine DPSCD schools. Our partner schools face significant resource and teacher shortages, and building upgrade needs, which negatively impact students both inside and outside of the classroom.
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How You Can Make a Difference
DCPSD’s enrollment is up nearly 4% for the first time in 16 years. With enrollment climbing, there is a lot of momentum around embracing change and putting students first. Through DPSDC’s recent adoption of new curriculum, which includes the addition of Music class in every school and more teacher training, the district is striving to make progress and ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education. City Year Detroit is in a unique position to help alleviate obstacles that students are facing while also supporting the district’s momentum.
City Year Detroit is committed to supporting AmeriCorps members and their diverse career interests by offering professional development trainings, networking events, career workshops and resume reviews. There are a lot of opportunities available at the site to build AmeriCorps members’ networks and provide them with resources to grow. City Year Ambassadors (CYA), a group of women in the community who have committed themselves to supporting corps members throughout their year of service, host dinners and networking events. The Detroit Pistons often offer City Year Detroit AmeriCorps members tickets, and during AmeriCorps Member Appreciation Month, City Year Detroit partners Mercedes Bens Financial Services and Starbucks to give gifts to the corps.