The 2016-2017 academic year was one of new ideas and hard work for over 200 AmeriCorps Members and 43 staffers at City Year Philadelphia. The extra umph and excitement felt this year benefited nearly 12,000 students and showed in our organization’s measurable results, including an extremely high AmeriCorps Member and staff satisfaction rating. Our local organization also exceeded our fundraising goal by surpassing benchmarks for corporate sponsorship and individual giving through Red Jacket Society. One hundred percent participation of board members contributing also put City Year Philadelphia over the mark. More school partners seeing the true value of AmeriCorps Member mentorship, also decided to include City Year in their planned budget to ensure a continued partnership, a best practice across the country.

As a result, City Year Philadelphia received the Stephen G. Woodsum “Best of City Year” Award from the national organization. The Philadelphia site was named a recipient at the 2017 Summer Academy in Boston on July 12 where thousands of staff and and AmeriCorps Members gathered from across the country to share best practices and learn.

“Hearing ‘City Year Philadelphia’ and seeing our skyline go up on the screen actually gave me a moment to exhale and say, ‘job well done’ to all who have been on our journey,” describes City Year Philadelphia Executive Director and Vice President, Darryl Bundrige on the moment the awards were announced.

The annual awards are given to City Year sites based on more than 75 performance goals, including impact, fundraising, recruitment, retention, financial health and staff development. This year, City Year Philadelphia was one of seven out of 28 total sites to win.

Bundrige explains, “It's an acknowledgement that we are moving in the right direction. But it is also a reminder that we must work harder and smarter to realize our students' success. The timing of the award is very encouraging in that it gives us momentum to kick off our 20th Anniversary as a site. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year.”

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