Corps members tutor one-on-one and in small groups during school hours and lead out-of-class extension activities that complement school instruction. Through focused literacy tutoring, working directly with each student to address their individual literacy needs, our corps members help students get back on track to reading at grade level.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Every 26 seconds a student gives up on school, resulting in more than one million American high school students who drop out every year. The South Bronx has the lowest annual graduation rate in all of New York City. Through our in-school and afterschool programs, full-time CYNY Corps Members offer tutoring, mentoring, social support, and engaging activities to improve attendance, behavior, course performance, and civic involvement among elementary and middle schools.
How will this project solve this problem?
In the South Bronx, City Year New York works with seven elementary and middle schools, supporting students in grades 3-8. Typically during targeted literacy intervention, corps members work with students in one of three areas: vocabulary, fluency or comprehension. From reading passages out loud together to introducing new techniques for note taking and comprehension, corps members work to build the fundamental skills our students need to be strong, independent readers and writers.
Potential Long Term Impact
Students who progress to 10th grade with their peers are four times more likely to graduate than students who fall behind. City Year's Long-Term Impact goal is to ensure 80% of the students in the schools City Year serves reach 10th grade on track and on time, serving the majority of at-risk students in the locations where City Year serves. City Year focuses on the communities where the dropout challenge is most concentrated, ultimately serving 2/3rds of the nation's dropouts.
Total Funding Received to Date: $172
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $828
Total Funding Goal: $1,000