May 5, 2016 - City Year Orlando hosted its fourth annual fundraiser, Red Jackets Rock on May 4. The event raised $150,000 with nearly 325 guests during its celebration of City Year Orlando’s AmeriCorps Members and the life-changing impact they make as near-peer tutors, mentors, and role models for students. Orange County Public Schools' Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins and School Board Chairman Bill Sublette were also honored and recognized for their commitment to student success in Central Florida with the 2016 Be the Change Champion award. The honoring of Dr. Jenkins and Chairman Sublette is symbolic of the strong relationship between Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) and City Year Orlando. As an organization geared towards student success, Orange County Public Schools has supported the efforts of City Year Orlando from its founding. In 2012, with the leadership of former Superintendent Ronald Blocker, current Superintendent Dr. Jenkins, and Chairman Sublette, City Year launched a new site in Orlando focused on academically challenged OCPS. After signing a partnership agreement, City Year Orlando and OCPS worked closely to implement City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child model within OCPS schools. City Year’s impact in Orlando has been substantial. Last year, 90 percent of students tutored by City Year in English Language Arts and 89 percent of students in math maintained or improved by at least one letter grade. Sixty-eight City Year Orlando AmeriCorps members serve 9500 students across seven partner schools. “We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to Dr. Jenkins and Chairman Sublette for their generous commitment to City Year Orlando’s work. As such, we felt that honoring them as the inaugural City Year Orlando Be the Change Champions was a natural fit,” said City Year Orlando’s Vice President and Executive Director, Jordan Plante. “We applaud Dr. Jenkins and Chairman Sublette for their dedication to student success. Together with OCPS, we are working towards the mutual goals of strengthening lives and improving student performance.” To view photos from this year event, click here.
Thank you to our event sponsors.