The National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association and City Year will partner to recruit young leaders for a year of national service in high-need public schools 

Boston, MA (September 12, 2013) – City Year, a national education-focused organization that unites young people for a year of service in high-need schools, announced a new partnership with the National Asian Pacific Islander American Panhellenic Association (NAPA). The two organizations will work together to recruit and develop young leaders from NAPA’s fraternity, sorority and alumni communities to join in City Year’s mission to keep at-risk youth in school and on track to graduate. City Year will also promote opportunities to apply to NAPA member organizations to its corps members and alumni.

“This partnership highlights the shared vision and values of both organizations,” said Brian Gee, Executive Chair of NAPA. “We’re excited to encourage NAPA members to apply to City Year because so many of our members have the passion to work in underserved communities, and can relate to the students City Year corps members serve.”  

City Year deploys teams of AmeriCorps members, ages 17-24, to support at-risk students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and class work.  This coming school year, 2,700 City Year corps members will serve for ten months as tutors, mentors and role models in 247 high-need schools across the United States. NAPA encompasses 12 Asian and Pacific Islander Greek Letter Organizations, and is currently encouraging collegiate and alumni members to apply to serve as City Year AmeriCorps members for the 2014-2015 school year. The first application deadline is September 30, 2013.

“City Year’s impact in schools is largely connected to the diversity of our corps and our ability to recruit diverse members who reflect the students we serve,” said Bethany Dickerson Wynder, Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at City Year Headquarters. “This partnership is an exciting and promising opportunity to attract diverse and idealistic young people to both City Year and NAPA.”

NAPA collegiate and alumni members who apply to City Year will join a highly competitive national applicant pool, with over 10,000 applications for the 2,700 positions available. Among incoming City Year corps members, over 50 percent identify as people of color or multi-ethnic, including approximately five percent who identify as Asian American and 17 percent who identify as “Other.” Over 80 percent of the corps is comprised of college graduates.  All City Year corps members receive an annual AmeriCorps stipend. They can also request their qualified student loans be put into forbearance during their term of service, and receive an education award of $5,550 through AmeriCorps upon completion of their service.
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out.  In 25 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates in London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.

About NAPA: The National Asian Pacific Islander AmericanPanhellenic Association (NAPA) is an association of collegiate fraternities and sororities with an interest in culture and serving the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. NAPA serves to advocate for the needs of its member organizations and provides a forum to share ideas and resources within its membership. NAPA supports the development of positive relations through open communication with interfraternal partners to enrich the fraternal experience.