City Year graduation celebrates AmeriCorps members’ completion of a successful  year of service. It also marks a beginning as corps members become alumni and join a community of “leaders for life.”

City Year Orlando's Second Annual Graduation hosted by Valencia College

To see pictures from the event, visit our Flickr page.

On June 5, City Year Orlando graduated 58 AmeriCorps members who joined in a national effort to keep students in school and on track to succeed.  In Orlando, AmeriCorps members served in 6 public schools as full-time tutors, mentors and role models for students 3who face the greatest risk of dropping out.  Across the country, 2,700 City Year AmeriCorps members served in 242 public schools.

City Year Orlando honored these AmeriCorps members for their year of national service during a graduation ceremony on June 5, 2014 at 3pm at 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811 (Building HSB, Room 105) and Congressman Daniel Webster and Dr. Sandy Shugart served as keynote speakers.

“City Year believes that all children should have the opportunity to meet their potential – it’s what’s right for our children, it’s crucial to the health of our economy, and it’s essential to our nation’s future,” said Jordan Plante, City Year Orlando’s Vice President and Executive Director.

City Year Orlando is also host to a particularly distinguished AmeriCorps member, Emmanuel Fairley, who is available for interviews by phone, recently won the Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Corps Member of the Year Award.

“When I began my journey with City Year two years ago, I had no idea what to expect.  The caliber of people and their genuine passion to make, not just the classroom, but the world a better place has been incredibly inspiring.  I have observed personal and professional growth in my peers and myself, and I know that I’m very fortunate to have had this opportunity.  I look forward to hearing about the impactful work of City Year in Orlando, across the country and around the world.  Moreover, as I’m moving to Boston this summer to pursue a career in education, I look forward to my next chapter and the new experiences I’ll have up north.” said Fairley.

Across the nation, nearly one million students drop out of school every year, one every 26 seconds.  In Orange County, the current four year graduation rate is 75.9%. City Year AmeriCorps members help keep students in school and on track to graduate by concentrating interventions on attendance, behavior and course performance in English and Math.  Since City Year Orlando was founded in 2012, the organization has had a powerful impact on the lives of more than 6,000 children.  Last year, 71.6% of the students City Year Orlando served demonstrated improvement in English Language Arts.

City Year is currently in the process of rolling-out a long term impact strategy to ensure that 80 percent of students in schools where City Year serves reach the 10th grade on track and on time.  Studies show that students who reach the 10th grade successfully are four times more likely to graduate high school than students that do not.