City Year recruits and trains young AmeriCorps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models full-time for an entire year in America's most underresourced public schools. This project will enable these corps members to serve over 800 students with targeted interventions for an entire week. The majority of these students are facing the challenges of intergenerational poverty and the schools they attend struggle to meet their needs. City Year aims to help these students reach graduation!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
One million students drop out of school each year, and half of those dropouts come from just 12% of schools. In Denver, only 58% of students graduate from high school. Every child has the ability to succeed, but many face challenges in the classroom and at home that impede their ability to stay on-track. High-poverty urban schools need affordable solutions to assist teachers and administrators in filling the gap to ensure that these students graduate. City Year is that solution.
How will this project solve this problem?
Young AmeriCorps members are grouped in teams and serve a single school full-time, Monday through Friday, from before the first bell rings until the last student leaves, for a full year. Corps members provide both whole-school support and targeted small group and one-on-one tutoring, focusing on improving attendance, behavior, and course performance in math and English Language Arts for low-income, underresourced students. This project would fund a full week of services for 800 students!
Potential Long Term Impact
Students that graduate high school are eight times less likely to be incarcerated in their lifetimes than their peers that drop out, and are three times more likely to be in good health and employed. High school graduation has a profound effect on the trajectory of a young person's life, and City Year Denver aims to transform the possibilities for success for thousands of students across the city, empowering the future workforce and preparing them for college and career readiness.
Total Funding Received to Date: $11,210
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $8,790
Total Funding Goal: $20,000