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City Year Denver

With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Denver is a place that makes your future look bright. Our AmeriCorps members help students feel welcome and connected to their school community, develop their strengths, and persist through challenges.

We are working to address the lack of equitable access to educational opportunities. Our City Year Denver AmeriCorps members partner with teachers and schools to add more support and to help create learning environments where all students can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning.

Ensuring more students are on track to high school graduation

Research shows that even academically prepared students are at risk of falling off track. City Year supported students, ensuring that:

  • 88% of City Year Denver partner schools improved the Denver Public Schools Performance Framework Rating from 2014-2017

Accelerating academic results in Denver

Students served by City Year Denver AmeriCorps members made significant growth in the social-emotional development as measured by the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA)

  • 44% of students assigned to an Attendance focus list (receiving 8 or more continuous weeks or support from a City Year Denver AmeriCorps member) improved their daily average attendance
  • 78% of students assigned to a Behavioral/Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus list (receiving 8 or more continuous weeks or support from a City Year Denver AmeriCorps member) improved their scores on SEL assessments
  • 44% of students assigned to a Literacy or Math focus list (receiving 8 or more continuous weeks or support from a City Year Denver AmeriCorps member) improved their test scores in these subjects

Improving school culture and climate

  • 100% of partner principals report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the quality of service provided by their City Year team
  • 87% of partner teachers “agree” or “strongly agree” that their City Year AmeriCorps member helped to improve their students’ academic performance
  • 93% of partner teachers report being “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the overall experience of having City Year in their school

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City Year is an instrumental partner in helping our schools create supportive environments so that our students thrive. The personal connections, support with school work and focus on the possible helps our students realize their fullest potential.

Susana Cordova Superintendent of Denver Public Schools & City Year Denver board member

Plan for long-term impact

  • City Year is working to establish “feeder patterns” so that students benefit from City Year’s holistic services for multiple years of their educational experience, including the transition from middle to high school.
  • In 2019, City Year Denver completed the feeder pattern into North High School, establishing partnerships from Skinner Middle and Lake Middle schools, which account for more than 44% of the students entering North.
  • City Year Denver completed an additional feeder pattern to George Washington High School in the 2019-2020 school year.

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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.

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Our 75 AmeriCorps members positively impact over 6,000 students in Denver.

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Everything we do—every student and AmeriCorps member we support—would not be possible without our partners.

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City Year enables the leaders of tomorrow to impact our communities today. Join us in helping all students thrive.

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