BENEFITING: City Year
ORGANIZER: City Year
EVENT: Philadelphia Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: Nov 20, 2016
I served as a City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia for the 2011-2012 academic school year. I volunteered with 16 other young individuals at Frankford High School. Together we gave over 25,000 hours of focused and individualized support to hundreds of students in that community.
We started with the goal of improving the attendance, behavior, and grades of the students with whom we worked. We left in awe, having seen the marked difference we could make as just a few concerted individuals. Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing many of my former mentees graduate high school.
There are few things that make me prouder than the opportunity I had to give back as a part of City Year. I am not from Philadelphia, and I had no connection to this community; but pledging my time, energy, blood, sweat, and tears to the students and families here has granted me a profound connection to this city and its people.
At this point in my life, I struggle to find the time to give back between other commitments. This fundraiser is small, and my individual impact is but a drop in the bucket, yet I know that the money and awareness we raise will make meaningful impact in the lives of thousands upon thousands of underserved students here at home--students who are eager to achieve, and who deserve our support.
Thanks for reading a little about this part of my life. If you feel compelled, I would gladly accept any small donation on behalf of City Year. If you would like to learn more, or give in another way, please visit City Year Philadelphia's website.
In Philadelphia, more than 200 City Year AmeriCorps members serve in 14 schools reaching more than 8,000 students. City Year serves in the highest-need schools, where even the best teachers and administrators struggle to keep up with all the challenges their students face. Our diverse, professionally trained teams of City Year AmeriCorps members increase the ratio of adults to students in the school building, and provide individualized attention and support, in and outside of class.
City Year Philadelphia is proud and excited to serve as a charity partner again this year with the 2016 Philadelphia Marathon and Half-Marathon! We invite you join us this year by participating on our team or supporting our runners.