Our approach to bridging the implementation gap and solving the drop out crisis relies heavily on the support of our AmeriCorps members and their ability to provide individualized support for students in low-performing schools. That’s why we want to ensure that our model is making the most impact that it possibly can.
In our case study A Pilot Initiative to Advance Replicable Academic Support Practices by National Service Participants in Urban Schools (2012), we recap our three-year partnership with Neighborhood House Charter School* where we tested and refined our school-based model, Whole School Whole Child. During our partnership we tested the effectiveness of individual student support, including one-on-one tutoring in math and English and measured how our AmeriCorps member-led programs were able to improve the overall learning environment of a school. We also examined how a high-need school, such as NHCS, could use City Year AmeriCorps members to maximize teachers’ time while also supporting school-wide goals. The pilot found that City Year AmeriCorps members who are trained to implement the right student interventions at the right time can help significantly improve the educational outcomes of those students.