September is Attendance Awareness Month, and as 66 City Year Sacramento AmeriCorps members begin their year of service on seven local campuses, they are ready to encourage students to maintain strong attendance records all year long. Over the past three years, City Year has helped its partner schools maintain a student attednace average of 95 percent by participating in and leading engaging attendance initiatives for students.
Last week, as students prepared to go back to school, AmeriCorps members were ready to weclome them, from the first day promoting the strong culture and positive school climates developed by the schools and their administrators. At Rosa Parks K-8 School, AmeriCorps members are already supporting the school's attendance initiatives by designing the "Race Through Space," an engaging attendance tracker that allow students to monitor their progress while learning about the solar system.
This year, City Year will serve more than 4,000 students at Father Keith B. Kenny K-8 School, Fern Bacon Middle School, Leataata Floyd Elementary School, Oak Park Preparatory Academy, Oak Ridge Elementary School, Rosa Parks K-8 School and Sacramento Charter High School. Entering year four, this is the largest number of AmeriCorps members that has ever served with City Year Sacramento, which boosts the organization’s capacity to serve more students and work in more classrooms.
“Our site is grateful to our school partners for allowing City Year to sustain and grow on their campuses over the past three years,” said Sonali Nijhawan, City Year Sacramento Interim Executive Director. “This year’s team of talented AmeriCorps members is excited to start working with students and see their classrooms in action.”
As in years past, City Year AmeriCorps members will start each day greeting students as they arrive at school, as early as 7:30 am. They will provide classroom support and individualized tutoring to students throughout the year, and also assist in extending the learning day by leading afterschool programming. The average service day will end around 6 pm.
City Year AmeriCorps members will support students as they maintain excellent attendance, focus on positive behaviors, and improve their scores on their math and English Language Arts coursework. Attendance, behavior, and coursework – or the ABCs – are the foundation of City Year’s service in Sacramento and 26 other across the United States. AmeriCorps members are able to serve as near-peer tutors and mentors to students in third through ninth grades. They will strive daily to match their students’ endless energy, build positive mentoring relationships, and offer continual encouragement to students facing academic challenges, providing the AmeriCorps members with the opportunity to make a significant impact at their school service sites and in their communities.
The AmeriCorps members’ volunteer hours mirror the length of the students’ school days. After spending the month of August training, learning about service, and preparing to work alongside students and teachers, all 66 AmeriCorps members are eager to start delivering quality service in our schools for the whole year.