2011 - 2012 City Year Boston Corps Members GraduateNearly 250,000 Hours of Service to Students and Schools of Boston
On June 14, 2012, the City Year Boston community came together at Wheelock College to celebrate the culmination of 10 months of tireless service by the 2011 - 2012 City Year Boston corps. These 177 talented young leaders each dedicated one, and in some cases, two years of their lives and at least 1,700 hours of service to a common goal: Helping the students and schools of Boston succeed. As a group, the 2011 - 2012 corps struggled through challenges, shared achievements and gained leadership and professionals skills to prepare them to be leaders for life. While graduation marked the end of their year of service, it is the beginning for these young leaders commencing their work as agents of change. “It is in giving that we receive, and that is what City Year is all about,” remarked Swanee Hunt in her featured address to the corps. Read more and see the photo gallery here.
Success in Schools: Course Coaching - A Time for Candy, Whoopee Cushions and Hard Work
By Samantha Schnell, AmeriCorps member serving on the Westfield Capital Management Team at Neighborhood House Charter School
My ten months of service at NHCS have come to a close, and my experience with Course Coaching surpassed my greatest expectations. As it turns out, my Course Coaching room is not only a place where homework gets done; it is a safe space where self-confidence grows and unlikely friendships are formed. Over the months, our room has been home to both laughter and tears; it has seen F’s become C’s and C’s become B’s. Read more on the City Year Boston blog.
Words from the Community
“City Year is not just for the year or two years you do it, it’s for your life. There’s something about getting inspired and inspiring each other. Once you get it, you have it forever.”Gregory Ricks, Senior Consultant on Multicultural International Challenges at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, speaking to the corps at Learning from Leaders on May 18.
Watch a video of Boston community members discussing City Year's impact here
City Year in the News
Volunteers Help Prepare Hyde Park Education Complex for Re-Use in the Fall, Boston.com
National Grid Boosts Support For City Year With A Multi-year International Commitment, Sacramento Bee
RADIO: Boston Turnaround School Makes Significant Progress, WBUR
Aaron Clark Beat the Odds, Now Helps Other Kids Succeed, People Magazine
Corps Member SpotlightWritten by Jennifer Largaespada, serving on the MFS Investment Management Team at Dever-McCormack Upper School
I chose to join City Year because I am extremely passionate about the work that it does. I personally feel that the education system in our country is not yet where it should be. The number of students dropping out of school is unacceptable. By the end of this year, all of my students had improved their English reading, writing and speaking levels. Their improvement came from hard work, support from their teachers and corps members, and their interactions with students who are native English speakers. I am so proud of the work my students have all done. I am also glad to see that they have started integrating themselves into their school and community. Read Jenn's story and past spotlights here.
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