National education organization deploys young AmeriCorps members to low-performing schools
BOSTON, MA (November 7, 2012) –Temple University alumni want to give back. So says City Year, a national organization that unites young people for a year of full-time service in high-need urban schools, whose 2,500 corps members this year include 26 Owl graduates. Temple ranks fifth among the top 10 “feeder” schools for City Year’s 2012-2013 corps. City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models to keep students in school and on track to succeed.
“Committing to a year of national service is one way to make a statement about who you are and what is important to you. It is also an opportunity to learn things about yourself, about others and about life in general that will likely help you in decisions you make as you continue your life and career path,” said Peter R. Jones, Ph.D., the Senior Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies at Temple.
Temple is the only Pennsylvania school among City Year’s top ten feeders. University of California-Riverside supplied the most corps members to this year’s corps, with 35. During the 2012-2013 school year, City Year corps members are serving 150,000 students at 238 schools in 24 U.S. cities.
“Corps members are at the heart of City Year,” said Melanie Brennand Mueller, City Year’s vice president of recruitment, alumni and admissions. “They are an incredibly smart, talented group of young adults who are dedicated to helping the students City Year serves be successful in the classroom.”
Of the 2,500 people in City Year’s 2012-2013 corps, 57 percent of City Year’s corps members are people of color, including 18 percent who identify as Latino and 30 percent who identify as African American. Eighty percent are college graduates and 42 percent were eligible to receive Pell Grants.
City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, teams of young City Year AmeriCorps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to succeed. Learn more at www.cityyear.org.