Dear City Year community,
This annual report is a look back at our work in 2019-2020—a year of challenge, learning and significant progress.
When the pandemic first caused an abrupt closure of schools in March 2020, City Year rapidly adapted to support the increased needs of our students, schools, staff and communities, while continuing to advance our future-focused efforts to leverage our local and national infrastructure in support of the long-term success of systemically under-resourced schools. Working closely with our partners, we’ve been able to meet the constantly evolving needs of our schools and districts.
Our AmeriCorps members have risen to the challenge, serving virtually, in person or a combination of the two. In times of immense upheaval in everyday life, AmeriCorps members have steadily demonstrated that the fundamentals of our work—building relationships with students, engaging them in learning, offering tutoring and skill-building support—are unchanged and more needed than ever. Our methods just look a little different—and are implemented more creatively—with our corps and staff leading the way.
In reflecting upon the past year, two things are clear to us: our shared work to increase educational equity has never been more relevant and important; and deep, intentional cross-sector collaboration, anchored by the voices and agency of the young people we serve, is our best hope to meet the moment.
It’s because of partners like you that we’ve been able to continue our efforts to deepen our impact on our students and schools, on our AmeriCorps members and alumni, and on the broader work to influence the systemic policies and practices that shape educational opportunity in our country. Not only have we been energized by the creativity, resilience and the progress we’ve seen so far, but we’re hopeful for the future—an opportunity for renewal. We see clearly the direction we must take to make progress toward an education system that reflects our deep commitment to equity, inclusion and opportunity for all students.
We are grateful to be on this journey with like-minded partners, including AmeriCorps, our school district partners, and the individuals, families, foundations and corporations who share our commitment to students, schools and communities.
Yours in service,
Jim Balfanz (Boston ’94)
Chief Executive Officer
David L. Cohen
Chair, Board of Trustees