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Powerful Results

In 1992, Marie-Louise Ramsdale, Harvard Law student, attended a City Year event. Inspired, she wrote a two-page proposal to bring City Year to South Carolina. The next year, her dream was realized.

Since then, we’ve mentored more than 40,000 students in Columbia, and along the way, we measured our success. Here’s what we discovered:

Improved behavior

93% of teachers agree corps members improved students respectfulness toward one another.

Better grades

81% of students in grades 6 through 9 earning a D or worse, improved to a C or better.

A positive environment

100% of principals agreed corps members showed students how to act with kindness toward one another.

Read more about our impact

Read more about our impact