City Year Sacramento joined with more than a thousand staff and team leaders from across the country in Boston for our July training event, Summer Academy. The annual conference, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, provides an opportunity for all City Year leadership to align on our shared mission, strategy and goals; build skills for AmeriCorps and staff to help achieve transformational outcomes for students; and connect the network as a united workforce of practicing idealists. Summer Academy was held at Northeastern University July 12-17.

Robert Putnam, author of “Bowling Alone” and “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” spoke to the assembly on July 14, and addressed questions regarding social justice, poverty, and opportunities for youth in our education system and in our neighborhoods. Community, education and idealism were themes that connected all Summer Academy sessions. City Year CEO Michael Brown provided the vision, past and future, for our service work, while City Year President Jim Balfanz delivered the annual service and operating goals. The national leadership team also announced the results of a Policy Studies Associates report which found that City Year partner schools are twice as likely to see improvements in students’ math and English assessments than other schools. Read the full report at the Education Week blog.

During learning sessions, organizational leadership trained site leaders on how to prepare AmeriCorps members for effective and positive service in schools, and on fundraising and recruitment and admissions goals. Staff and team leaders also participated in professional development sessions led by City Year trainers and external facilitators.

For Summer Academy highlights, view our Flickr page or follow our hashtag #cylearning or #cyacademy. 

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