City Year Chicago & John Hope HS - Finish Strong!



All children can learn, but some students face challenges in and out of the classroom that can hinder their success. City Year works with John Hope High School to meet the individual needs of students and get them on track to graduate. Your donation supports the school's Finishing Strong Plan, providing an extra push of targeted academic support, social emotional mentoring, attendance coaching, and a positive school environment between now and the end of the school year.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Every 26 seconds, a student in America gives up on school. City Year believes that every child has the potential to learn and succeed, but many face challenges that make it hard to stick with school. Schools are designed to provide extra supports to 15% of students, but in a high poverty school over half of students may require additional help beyond the daily lesson. The result is a gap between what schools are able to provide and the individual needs that students bring with them to school.

How will this project solve this problem?

City Year is a human capital solution that helps fill the gap between what students need and what schools are designed to provide. Research tells us that we can identify the risk factors for students dropping out of school in earlier grades - poor attendance, behavior, and academic performance. City Year provides a school with a team of full-time, diverse young adult corps members to serve as tutors and mentors, supporting students in these three key areas

Potential Long Term Impact

City Year provides targeted support to 70 students at John Hope, and 2,150 students across Chicago. We focus on getting students to 10th grade on track in attendance, behavior, and academics - research shows this quadruples a student's chance of graduating. We have a 10-year long term impact plan to reach more students, resulting in over 300 additional students per year starting 10th grade on track, and raising the graduation rate in our partner high schools by 15%.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $2,690

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,690 .  The original project funding goal was $2,500.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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City Year Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Project Leader

Jeremy Bleier

Development Manager
Chicago, IL Afghanistan

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