COVID-19 response FAQs
FAQs for Parents, caregivers and guardians in response to COVID-19
What does service look like this year as schools across the country implement different models for in-person and virtual learning?
Last spring, City Year transitioned into virtual service for the remaining academic year, working closely with our school partners to best support students’ learning and teachers’ needs.
As schools re-open for the new year, our service looks different depending on the district and school needs. Currently, City Year partner schools across our 29 sites are offering a range of modified, in-person instruction or virtual instruction. City Year AmeriCorps members will continue to partner with teachers to provide students with instruction appropriate to the school environment where they serve.
In the instance when our partner schools remain closed, we continue to pause in-person service for all City Year AmeriCorps members and instead deliver virtual service and programming, which could include creating virtual spaces for students to reflect on instructional content, leading class warm-ups and small group break-out sessions, holding video tutoring sessions and supporting communication with students. In locations where some in-person instruction is happening, AmeriCorps members provide in-person support, with City Year-provided protection equipment and in accordance with local health and safety protocols. Depending on the location, the health and safety of our corps and staff, and the needs of our school partners, we will continue to assess the best way to support students and schools.
Our school partners value the role that our AmeriCorps members are playing in providing high-quality support, normalcy and a sense of connection. We are continually learning about how best to do this and our AmeriCorps members continue to play a unique role in helping schools in this unprecedented year.
Why should my child consider serving with City Year at this time?
We are all continuing to adapt to the COVID-19 situation. Though the impact of this pandemic is wide-reaching and affects all of us, we know that this disruption will disproportionately impact students and families in the systemically under-resourced communities City Year serves.
Now, more than ever, our students need talented young adults who believe in them and their future. Serving as a City Year AmeriCorps member in this new school year will be a unique and critical opportunity to help students reconnect with their school community, re-engage in their learning and recover from learning loss they experienced as a result of COVID-19. Thank you for supporting your child in pursuing a year of service during this critical time.
Additionally, City Year is an opportunity to gain professional experience and develop key skills that will help your child in their career. Through the City Year experience, AmeriCorps members develop skills such as communication, working on a diverse team and data analysis, which help them stand out in a competitive job market.
Read more about the importance of national service at a time of national crisis in this blog post by City Year CEO, Jim Balfanz.
What if my child is moving for service and schools are not physically back in session— would they still have a job? I am concerned about signing a lease and being financially responsible for a rental agreement.
All confirmed AmeriCorps members will have a position at the start of service. Despite the uncertainty this pandemic has caused, one thing is very clear—our students and schools need the additional academic, social and emotional support that our AmeriCorps members provide, whether schools re-open in person, virtually or some combination of the two.
At this time, all of our 29 locations have launched their year of service for 2020-2021 academic year. We will continue to provide virtual registration and training to accommodate the latest safety protocols, including by limiting in-person training or meetings and offering virtual training as we continue to adapt our service to the needs of our school partners. We have built on the success of our virtual service from last spring and adjust as necessary as we continue to learn from our experiences this year.
Caring for our AmeriCorps members continues to be our top priority. Currently serving AmeriCorps members will continue to receive full bi-weekly living stipends, health benefits, AmeriCorps childcare benefits and educational loan deferrals whether their service is in-person or done virtually. Our staff is working to ensure our AmeriCorps members are being supported professionally and personally while engaging in service.
What is the outlook for City Year’s funding for the 2021-2022 service year?
City Year is in a strong position, with support from our diverse set of public and private partners. Since 2003, City Year has earned the highest ranking from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, placing us among the most trustworthy nonprofits in America. Our school partners, who provide funding for our work, see our supports as critical as educators seek to address the trauma and learning loss that students will be bringing into their classrooms next year. We also receive federal funding through a competitive application process and we receive philanthropic support from foundations, corporations and individuals—many of whom make multi-year commitments.
Like all nonprofits , we will continue to navigate shifts and uncertainties in public and private funding in the coming years and we are working closely with our partners to continue their commitments and to innovate on new funding strategies to meet the unique circumstances of this moment, building on our strong and diverse funding base.
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