At City Year, they believe education has the power to help every child reach his or her potential. However, in high-poverty communities there are obstacles to educational attainment. Students in these areas need extra, individualized support to help them overcome the challenges they’re facing. There’s a gap between what the students actually need and support that schools are designed to provide. America’s schools are designed to provide extra support to just 15% of students. But oftentimes in high-poverty communities, 50% or more students require additional support—and not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. The result of this gap is a shockingly high dropout rate in high-poverty communities. And when a student drops out of school, it not only affects him or her, it also has a lasting effect on society as a whole. In urban communities, dropouts are often highly concentrated, so we’re able to identify and target the schools that are in need of extra support. From there, we can start working to put students on the right path to graduation—that’s where City Year comes in.
At City Year, they partner with public schools in high-poverty communities to help bridge the gap between what students need and what schools are designed to provide. In doing so, we’re helping students reach their full potential and make it to graduation in communities all across America. CityYear has a unique approach to tackling the challenge of keeping kids in school. Basing their mission on research showing that potential high school drop outs can be identified as early as elementary school, the organization uses corps of enthusiastic volunteers to reach out to 3rd to 9th graders. The corps go into underserved schools and support teachers by helping with one on one tutoring, behavior management, making phone calls to chronically absent student homes, and otherwise encouraging students to do their best. The 4-star rated organization is named by the volunteerism required – to give the city (and these students) one year of your time.
Web site: http://www.cityyear.org/