On November 22, 200 members of DC’s legal community showed their support for City Year at the second Legal Community Breakfast. “The legal community has played an important role in City Year’s history,” said Jeff Franco, Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Washington, DC. “When I came on board as Executive Director in 2008, I quickly found that many of the people whose advice and counsel I found most valuable were lawyers, and as we continue to grow to reach more students, this community will play a continued role in our success.”
Guests were welcomed by Hank Walther, partner at Jones Day LLP, whose firm hosted the event. Other event sponsors included Comcast|NBCUniversal, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Ropes & Gray LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.
Guests met City Year corps members who are serving in 13 DC public schools to help students stay in school and on track to succeed. Corps member Elsa Sánchez shared a story about the impact she’s making at Leckie Elementary School in Southeast DC. “All day, every day, my teammates and I work with our Leckie students to improve their attendance, behavior and course performance,” she explained. “Research tells us that students who exhibit just one of the early warning indicators (poor attendance, disruptive behavior or course failure in math or English) by the time they are in the 6th grade have just a 25% chance of graduating high school.”
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Photo: City Year Washington, DC corps members who shared their stories at the Legal Community Breakfast.