August 24, 2014 (Boston, MA) - City Year national co-founder and CEO Michael Brown and City Year Boston Vice President and Executive Director Sandra Lopez Burke issued this statement today, honoring the memory of former City Year Boston corps member Dawnn Jaffier.

"The entire City Year community mourns the tragic passing of Dawnn Jaffier. Dawnn was a cherished member of the 2010-11 City Year Boston corps serving in the Maurice J. Tobin School. Dawnn loved working with children, and they loved her. We are heartbroken at her loss but inspired by her life. Her dedication as a City Year AmeriCorps member to improve the lives of the students she served so passionately will always be a source of inspiration to all of us. Next week, the 2014-2015 City Year Boston corps begins service for a new school year in the Boston Public Schools. We dedicate their year of service to the children of Boston to the memory and enduring legacy of Dawnn Jaffier. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with Dawnn's family."

See Dawnn Jaffier's Alumni Profile

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City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools and teachers to help keep students in school and on track to succeed.  In 25 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members provide individual support to students who need extra care and attention, focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.