Wednesday, December 25, 2013

25 Years Later, A Focus on Schools [The Boston Globe]

At 8:15 a.m., buses pull up outside the James Condon Elementary School in South Boston. Fourteen City Year members, dressed in bright red jackets, khaki pants, and white shirts, form two lines outside the school’s entrance. As kids file past, corps members break into rhythmic clapping, exhorting the youngsters to “Get loose!” and “Get moving!” as another day kicks off at the city’s largest elementary school.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Volunteers provide one-on-one advice to at-risk middle school students [Tulsa World]

An army of volunteers is confronting Tulsa's dropout problem, one middle-school student at a time. Clinton Middle School put out a call for help in encouraging its seventh- and eighth-graders in the three areas most critical for at-risk students — attendance, behavior and course performance.

Friday, November 22, 2013

2 Seattle middle schools focus on attendance, see scores climb [The Seattle Times]

Missing just a few days of class in sixth grade can predict whether you’ll graduate from high school. That research powers a national anti-dropout effort that’s making a difference at Seattle’s Aki Kurose and Denny International middle schools.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

City Year Chicago: National Service Provides the Support Students Need [The Chicago Tribune]

Education can break poverty's grip, but public schools in Chicago, and in many of America's largest cities, are not equipped with the resources to address the depth of our young people's academic and social-emotional challenges.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

City Year's 'Near Peers' Keep Milwaukee Students on Track [NPR]

City Year places young adults in eight schools in Milwaukee. The Corps members are there to simply keep students on task, through tutoring and mentorship, and slow the high school dropout rate.