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City Year San Antonio’s Five-Year Pandemic Recovery Plan

City Year San Antonio’s Five-Year Pandemic Recovery Plan, created in June of 2022, outlines key activities and strategic partnerships to help students get back on track post-pandemic. It also defines annual goals for each of the five years to ensure that students exceed pre-pandemic academic outcomes by the end of the 2026 -2027 academic year.

We have created the Circle of Champions to support this strategic plan. Our Champion members pledge between $2,500 – $100,000 annually for five years. Circle members receive annual event sponsorships, a logo or name on our Circle of Champions webpage, additional media mentions, special event invitations, and distinctive name badges. We send regular updates to Champions regarding our progress toward goals. Champions can choose which events they want to sponsor with their pledge and make annual investment decisions. Our Champions are strategic investors committed to lasting student success! To learn more about our Circle of Champions, click here.  

Overview of Impact of Pandemic on City Year Partner Schools
The pandemic left students further behind than expected. 2018 – 2019 TAPR Reports revealed higher proficiency levels at City Year partner schools compared to non-partner schools in the district, but there has been a huge decline because of the pandemic. Our partner schools have seen a 30% decrease in the percentage of students who are approaching grade level or above in math, a 13% decrease in the percentage of students who are approaching grade level or above in English, and an 18% increase in students who need instruction for behavioral needs. These percentages are a combined average of grades 3rd through 9th at our San Antonio Independent School District partner schools. You can view a list of our current partner schools here.

Impact of Pandemic on Middle School Math Results
Math scores in math for middle schoolers were hit the hardest (38% decrease).

2018 – 2019:  Average percentage of middle schoolers approaching grade level in math: 64%.

2019 – 2020: Average percentage of middle schoolers approaching grade level in math: 26%

Below are the year-over-year outcomes we anticipate due to our programming.

Activities: 600 middle school students will be placed on our Math Focus Lists and receive 9000 hours of 1-1 or small group tutoring interventions in math over 5 years (120 elementary math focus list students per year will receive 1800 hours of 1-1 or small group tutoring in math).

Top Priority Initiatives to Ensure Student Success
To do this with fidelity, City Year San Antonio has committed to the following 5 initiatives (in addition to Whole School Whole Child Programming):

1.  Increasing AmeriCorps member stipend to ensure a year of service is an option for anyone regardless of demographic. Increase stipend by approximately $11,000 per service year for AmeriCorps members

2020 – 2021 Stipend: $14,289​
2022 – 2023 Stipend: $25,000

2. Creation and implementation of systems that allow for real-time data and analytics to ensure programming is monitored in real-time, that staff understands how to monitor and evaluate data, and that our activities and results are available to partners and stakeholders on a quarterly basis.

Creation of a database of programmatic materials for tutoring, coaching, school partnership building, and afterschool programming that meets the needs of schools.

4. Creation and hire of a Community Partnership Manager that focused on creating mutually beneficial partnerships that improve student outcomes. The Community Partnerships Manager also will focus on the recruitment of corps to ensure that we are able to meet school needs.

5. Playbook for school that includes key priorities (academic and otherwise), all other non-profits present on campus, and recommendations of how CYSA can increase impact. Our site will work to ensure we help wherever possible and make introductions to stakeholders when possible to ensure success. Students first. Collaboration Always.

If you are ready to invest in student success or interested in learning more about City Year’s 5-Year Pandemic Recovery Plan, please reach out!

Thank you,

Jim Barshop
Managing Director of Development
City Year San Antonio

Jim Barshop

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