City Year San José/Silicon Valley Announces Kevin Bradshaw as New Executive Director
City Year San José/Silicon Valley Announces Former Basketball Player and Coach Kevin Bradshaw as New Executive Director
San José, CA (December 13, 2021) – City Year San José/Silicon Valley, an education nonprofit that recruits young adults for a year of service in public schools, is pleased to announce that Kevin Bradshaw, an athlete, coach and educator, has been selected as the organization’s new executive director.
“Throughout the search process, I was able to see so many of Kevin’s qualities that will make him an excellent executive director,” said City Year San José/Silicon Valley Board Chair Charlie Pappis, who is retired from his role as group vice president and general manager for Applied Global Services, Applied Materials. “His leadership, focus on students, and track record in education coupled with his personal life experiences has me excited about the future of City Year San José/Silicon Valley.”
A lifelong team player, teacher and coach, Bradshaw spent the early years of his career playing basketball for the NCAA and professionally in Israel as both player and coach. He set many records as a player, including once scoring 101 points in a single game as a pro and 72 points in a single NCAA game – which makes him the current #16 on the all-time NCAA career scoring list. After 16 years in Israel, Bradshaw briefly coached college basketball in San Diego, CA. Then, leveraging his strengths as coach and his desire to give back to under-resourced communities, he decided to dedicate his career to the education sector. At King Chavez High School in San Diego, his roles ranged from teacher to dean of students, and five years as principal, affording him the opportunity to partner with students of similar backgrounds and help develop their life and career goals. Most recently, Bradshaw served as Executive Director of Bridge Academy International School in San Diego.
“Kevin is a passionate leader who is dedicated to serving the communities and students that City Year serves,” said City Year Market President Mary Jane Stevenson. “His experience has sparked a deep commitment to student success, providing them with the academic and social skills needed to thrive both in school and in life.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead City Year San José/Silicon Valley —I am joining a talented team of professionals dedicated to advancing equitable outcomes for the youth,” said Bradshaw.
This year, 105 City Year San José /Silicon Valley AmeriCorps members will serve full-time in 13 public schools across east San José, reaching more than 7,000 students each day. During their year of service, AmeriCorps members serve as student success coaches—tutors, mentors and role models—preparing students with the skills, relationships and learning environments they need to succeed in school and in life. Nationally, schools with City Year are two-to-three times more likely to improve on math and English assessments than similar schools without City Year.
Last year, 95% of partner teachers reported that City Year AmeriCorps members had a positive impact on their students and 94% of partner principals and administrators reported that they were happy with the quality of service provided to their school by City Year San José/Silicon Valley AmeriCorps members and staff.
About City Year
City Year helps students and schools succeed, while preparing the next generation of civically engaged leaders who can work across lines of difference. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide support to students, classrooms and the whole school. Schools that partner with City Year are up to two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, and the more time students spend with AmeriCorps members, the more they improve on social, emotional and academic skills— skills that help students thrive in school and contribute to their community.
A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by AmeriCorps, local school districts and private philanthropy. City Year partners with public schools in 29 communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Learn more at www.cityyear.org, City Year’s Facebook page, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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