Last week, we learned that City Year Baton Rouge received a generous Challenge Grant from a local community member for $50,000! This investment will support City Year's efforts to recruit more talented, trained and idealistic corps members from across the nation to serve more children in the Baton Rouge community.

Here is the challenge---City Year has to match each dollar 1 to 1 in the next 30 days. I am thrilled to announce, ExxonMobil is starting us off strong with a $10,000 gift!

“City Year brings powerful talent to our schools to help teachers better prepare students for growing job opportunities. From inspiring students to think more critically to fostering teamwork and creative learning, the corps members are important educational and workforce development partners. An investment in this challenge grant is an investment in our community’s future workforce.”

- Stephanie Cargile, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Public & Government Affairs Manager

Now with $40,000 left to raise in 30 days, we need your help.

Corps members are the very heart of City Year’s service model. These 17-24 year olds are young enough to relate to the youth they serve, and old enough to serve as a positive adult force in their lives. Witness the power of City Year corps members for yourself through Sandra Kakraba’s journey moving to the United States from Ghana, West Africa, attending school in America and now serving with City Year in Baton Rouge public schools.

As you know, City Year’s Whole School Whole Child service model aims to equip our future workforce with the knowledge and skills to succeed in 21st century opportunities. In partnership with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, school administrators, teachers and Diplomas Now Collaboration (Johns Hopkins Talent Development Secondary and Communities In Schools), Sandra and her fellow corps members are making a great difference. At just midyear:

  • 85% of students at Broadmoor Middle School that started the year off track in behavior are now on track
  • 78% of students at Capitol Middle School that started the year off track in math are now on track
  • 82% of students working with City Year at Merrydale Elementary School improved in English Language Arts state assessments

With a gift today, your commitment will allow City Year to leverage your support and help us reach our goal of serving in more schools and classrooms in August.

Please join ExxonMobil in supporting City Year's 30 day challenge by clicking here.

“You must be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

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About the Artist: Emma Mattesky
New Orleans native Emma Mattesky is a senior at Tulane University. She took this photograph at a school just outside Accra, Ghana where the members of her development studies class visited for a day to help build a church, 

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