A message to our supporters
City Year is committed to helping cultivate educational environments where all students have the opportunity to thrive, develop their talents and identities, and progress on their journey toward bright futures. Recent events have provided a stark reminder of the importance of our work.
When students rise, we all rise.
City Year seeks to advance educational equity and nurture the next generation of civically engaged leaders.
We know more than we ever have about how young people learn and develop. Yet too many students still don’t have access to learning environments where they can build on their strengths, achieve at high levels and fully engage in learning. Systemic failings—including lack of access to healthcare, racist housing and employment policies, and under-resourced schools and communities—have harmed students of color and students growing up in low-income households, creating inequitable educational, health and economic outcomes.
For example: Half of the students who don’t graduate from high school in the U.S. come from just 4% of school districts. City Year focuses on these districts, partnering with systemically under-resourced schools so that more students receive the support they need to succeed both in school and in life.
We bring together diverse, dedicated young adults to serve full time in schools as AmeriCorps members who partner with teachers to help students develop the skills and mindsets to thrive. Through their work in schools and communities, City Year AmeriCorps members make a difference in the lives of students and acquire valuable skills and experience that prepare them to become leaders where they live and work. Learn more about our work below.
Melissa Walsh, vice president of corporate responsibility & global philanthropy at AbbVie
Since AbbVie announced a $10 million, five-year commitment to City Year in late 2018, the company has helped to ensure more students have the supports necessary to stay on track throughout elementary, middle and high school, and graduate ready for college and careers.
AmeriCorps, CNCS and state service commission partners
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and state service commissions work together to bring AmeriCorps and other national service programs to communities across the country. We are grateful to these state service commissions that secured funding for City Year during the 2018-2019 school year:
Massachusetts Service Alliance
Michigan Community Service Commission
Missouri Community Service Commission
United Way Association of South Carolina