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.
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
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%.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Overview of City Year's service in Chicago
Tweets from corps members all over the country
Videos from corps members all over the country