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
Every 26 seconds a student gives up on school, resulting in more than one million American high school students who drop out every year. In urban public schools that serve primarily low-income and Latino or African American youth, between 40% and 60% of entering freshman do not graduate from high school. The South Bronx has the third highest annual dropout rate in all of New York City.
City Year New York (CYNY) is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income youth in four of New York City's poorest communities. Through our in-school and afterschool programs, full-time CYNY Corps Members (young leaders between the ages of 17 to 24 who dedicate a year of their lives to full-time service) offer tutoring, mentoring, social support, and engaging activities to improve attendance, behavior, course performance, and civic involvement among elementary and middle schools.
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.