Little Rock is home to a close-knit and welcoming community known for its commitment to improving education. City Year Little Rock works alongside teachers and community partners to support students across the city.
Serving in Little Rock
While Little Rock is a wonderful city to live and work, some students in our area face significant challenges every day. City Year works with seven partner schools in the Little Rock School District reaching around 4,500 students each day. Of those students, 89% are considered low-income or eligible for food assistance.
The growth I experienced during my time In City Year changed my life. Through service I saw my potential as a leader in this community. I'm proud that I chose to stay in Little Rock and pursue life as an educator because of my service in this city and the friends and family I gained along the way.
Your corps experience
City Year partners with seven schools in the Little Rock School District (LRSD) in creating equitable learning opportunities for all students and helping develop the city’s future leaders. AmeriCorps members support teachers and staff in delivering instruction that serves the development of the whole child and is responsive to the diverse racial and cultural needs of Little Rock youth.
AmeriCorps members are truly making an impact. A close-knit community with ample opportunities to develop meaningful personal and professional relationships, Little Rock is an ideal place to serve. Because Little Rock is a small town, AmeriCorps members get several face-time opportunities with leading LRSD officials, city leaders and champions of our work as well as hands on professional development.
By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year Little Rock is moving the needle. Students tutored by City Year improved 9% points on the ACT Aspire in math from 2018–2019, showing substantial gains over their non-tutored peers, who decreased 2% points. In Literacy, students tutored improved 7%, outpacing their non-tutored peers, who increased 2% points.
Serving in Little Rock schools
Work with a committed and diverse team of City Year AmeriCorps members who share your passion for service and personal growth. A service day is unique to each school served. City Year AmeriCorps members are in schools before the first bell rings and are some of the last to leave at the end of the day. Typical service hours are:
- 7:00am–5:00pm (elementary schools)
- 7:45am–5:45pm (middle schools)
- 8:00am–6:00pm (high schools)
Days are spent providing whole class support, small group and 1:1 tutoring sessions, before and after school programming for the whole school as well as focus lesson planning time and team meetings.
City Year Little Rock is committed to the personal and professional growth of our AmeriCorps members. Our Learning and AmeriCorps Member Experience Manager spends focused time creating meaningful trainings and workshops to provide the expertise needed to serve powerfully in schools each day and also grow professionally.
Create a positive climate of high expectations and engagement that ripples throughout the greater Little Rock community through service. AmeriCorps members participate in at least three service projects throughout the year. Several community partners include: EngageAR, Clinton Foundation, Arkansas Foodbank, Our House, Mosaic Templars, Habitat for Humanity, Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Centers for Youth and Families, Comcast, Greater Second Care and more.
This year, 45 City Year AmeriCorps members will support around 4,500 students in seven Little Rock schools.