City Year Boston E-newsletter
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April 10: City Year Boston "Be the Change" Breakfast

April 11: Global Youth Service Day

April 30: Corps Member Application Deadline


City Year Boston by the numbers*


This month's CYB By the Numbers is brought to you by the team serving at Condon Elementary School.

-The team has spent more than 929 hours leading one-on-one and small group tutoring for the students.

-Corps members and students have spent 9 hours at voluntary MCAS preparation sessions over 3 Saturdays.

-500 sheets of origami paper were supplied to students during an engaging origami lesson in the Starfish Extended Day program.

-300 students were invited to the "AttenDance" for showcasing good attendance in school.


*As of 03/19/2014


This month we would especially like to thank…


City Year Boston's Development Team appreciates Mollie, Bri, and the Boston Civic Engagement team for all of their hard work at the Aramark Service Day on March 19th. It was a lot of fun to help out and see the change we made to the Curly Community Center.

Thank you to Bain Capital for hosting our first student field trip to their office. Bain Capital created a fun learning environment for the students to polish their math skills and also helped them prepare for the upcoming Math MCAS tests. The pizza and cupcakes were a huge hit as well!

We are so grateful to Bain Capital for their presenting sponsorship of City Year's 25th Anniversary Gala. Thanks also to our Premier Sponsor, Summit Partners and our other corporate sponsors: Michael and Kim Ward Foundation, Windsong Trust, MFS Investment Management®, Ropes & Gray, State Street Corporation, National Grid, PricewaterhouseCoopers, PTC, Wellington Management Company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Comcast NBCUniversal, CSX Transportation, Deloitte, E&Y, Jack Morton Worldwide, KPMG, Sun Life Financial, Westfield Capital Management (list as of March 21, 2014)

March 2014


His Legacy Is My Service
By Gino Zavala, corps member serving on the Deloitte team at Irving Middle School

It was City Year Boston's Legal Community Breakfast on February 27, and 400 members of the Boston legal community gathered to learn about City Year and the service we provide. I had the opportunity to share why I serve in front of this audience. Among other reasons, I said, "I serve so that one day my students can have the opportunity to wear this red jacket and help those coming up from behind them." That line meant a lot to me because I am an example of this outcome. When I was a student at Dearborn Middle School, a City Year team was serving there, just as the PTC team is doing this year. My corps members inspired me, and now I, too, am a City Year corps member.

Delivering the final remarks of the breakfast event was James Ward, Vice President of Artemis Capital Partners and one of City Year Boston's board members. As he entered the stage, I felt a sense of familiarity with him, but couldn't put my finger on it.

Click here to read about how one corps member made a shocking discovery.


Success in Schools: Traveling with Megan
By Rebecca Pelletier, corps member serving on the Sun Life Financial team at Mattahunt Elementary School

I was standing in the hallway near the 3rd-grade classrooms, greeting students as they arrived for the day. Students smiled as I doled out high-fives and wished them a good day. Megan* came up the stairs dragging her feet, her hood pulled over her face. "Good morning, Megan!" I said with a smile. Megan grunted and continued to slouch down the hall toward class.

After weeks of watching Megan mature and develop a more positive attitude, I was surprised to see her seeming so down. That day in class, Megan kept her gaze locked on the floor, complained loudly during lessons, and ignored the work on her desk. These were behaviors that she exhibited at the beginning of the year, before we started working together. Since then, Megan's come very far. After so much progress, why would she revert to old habits?

Click to read about how one corps member went a thousand extra miles with her student.


Words from the Community
"I was really excited to have City Year in my school this year, because the City Years [corps members] in my last school were splendid people. I learned that word this week--'splendid.' That is what you all are."

--6th-grade student, Rogers Middle School


CY in the News

"Students Don't Need to be Saved," Good Magazine

"Preparing for a Life After a Year of Service," The Huffington Post

"Answering Our Country's Call," The Hill


Corps Member Spotlight
By Joshua Tingley, corps member serving at Rogers Middle School

Although I am not from Boston, I consider it my home. I am a big believer in the power of young people and through my service with City Year, I hope to inspire the young people I serve to realize their power. I had no hesitation giving a year of my life to national service because I feel it is such an important part of living in a democratic society. Sir Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." This founding story of City Year is the one that rings truest in my heart, because I hope to be the shoulders on which my students stand one day soon.

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.

Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established programs in 24 cities, including Baton Rouge, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, SC, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock/North Little Rock, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Greater Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Sacramento, San Antonio, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, and Washington, D.C., and international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.

Team Sponsors: Bain & Company, Bain Capital, Bank of America, Comcast, CSX, Deloitte, DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, MFS Investment Management, National Grid, State Street, Summit Partners and Westfield Capital Management, Wellington Management

Co-Team Sponsors: Foundation To Be Named Later, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, PTC, and Sun Life Financial

Boston Leadership Sponsors: Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts Service Alliance, MBTA and NECN


National Leadership Sponsors 2013: AmeriCorps, ARAMARK, AT&T, Bank of America, Cisco Foundation, Comcast|NBCUniversal, CSX, Deloitte, Microsoft, Pepsi and 25th Anniversary sponsored by Bain Capital

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