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City Year Columbus

A growing city with a neighborhood feel, Columbus is home to a smart, diverse community of young professionals. Here in the capital of Ohio, AmeriCorps members are supporting students while expanding their own possibilities.

We are working to address the lack of equitable access to educational opportunities. Our City Year Columbus AmeriCorps members serve all day, every day to provide the support that students need. They partner with teachers and schools to provide additional capacity and help create learning environments where all students can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning.

City Year Columbus Annual Report

This report captures a snapshot of the impact City Year AmeriCorps members had on students in Columbus City Schools during the 2019-2020 school year. Even though we had to adjust the delivery of our service model, our mission remained the same. Our AmeriCorps members and students achieved some incredible outcomes, and within this report, you will see that no matter the circumstances, City Year was able to provide crucial services to students who need them most.


2018-2019 impact highlights

of students

who were tutored by City Year in literacy showed improvement on end-of-year assessments

of students

who were tutored by City Year in math showed improvement on end-of-year assessments

of students

who received behavior coaching showed improvement in their social-emotional skills by year-end


of individualized tutoring and mentoring were provided to students by City Year AmeriCorps members

Accelerating Academic Growth
  • 78% of students who started the year with a C or above in English language arts ended the year with a C or above
  • 74% of students who started the year with a C or above in math ended the year with a C or above
  • 46% of students who started the year with a D or F in English language arts ended the year with a C or above
  • 35% of students who started the year with a D or F in math ended the year with a C or above
Advancing social-emotional and workforce readiness skills
  • 58% of students who were identified as needing support met or exceeded one year of growth in key social-emotional skills related to college and career readiness as measured by the Deveraux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA)
  • Students across all seven partner schools self-reported a statistically significant positive change in their action orientation, empathy, optimism, learning interest, critical thinking and perseverance according to the Holistic Student Assessment (HSA)
Contributing to a positive school environment
  • 85+ students regularly attended City Year afterschool programming
  • 74 school events and initiatives were hosted by City Year for students and families
  • 4,123 phone calls were made by City Year AmeriCorps members to the parents and guardians of absent students
Partnering with teachers and principals
  • 100% of partner principals agree that City Year AmeriCorps members are well-prepared for the academic work they do with students
  • 89% of partner teachers agree that City Year AmeriCorps members help improve their students’ confidence in their ability to learn
  • 91% of partner teachers agree that AmeriCorps members help create opportunities for their students to work collaboratively
  • 87% of partner teachers agree that AmeriCorps members provide essential academic supports that students wouldn’t otherwise receive

City Year AmeriCorps members create an additional stakeholder in the students’ academic sphere for whom to model themselves after and strive to please with progress and success. More students believe in themselves, pass and excel because of City Year AmeriCorps members.

City Year Columbus Partner Teacher

Supporting students since 1994


are served by City Year Columbus AmeriCorps members every year


received support during the 2018-2019 school year


have graduated from City Year Columbus since our founding in 1994

school partners

work with City Year Columbus every year to ensure that students get the support they need

Contributing to a clearer, bolder vision

of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration and risk-taking, where every student feels safe and connected to the school community.

Learn how impact happens


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Our Impact

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Benefits & Resources

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The Corps

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Meet our Corps

62 City Year Columbus AmeriCorps members serve over 3,800 students every year in seven Columbus City Schools. As near-peer mentors, AmeriCorps members form trusting relationships with students that are the foundation of our work.

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Our Partners

Because of our community partners, more students receive the resources they need to thrive in school. Everything we do—from supporting students to preparing AmeriCorps members—would not be possible without our partners.

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Ever dollar invested in City Year has a measurable impact on students. Donating to City Year ensures that we can continue providing students with the support they need every year, ultimately helping them reach graduation.

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