BENEFITING: City Year
Hello friends and family - I am excited to announce that I have recently been added to City Year Boston's young professionals group, the Ambassador Circle. The Ambassador Circle is a group of socially conscious and motivated professionals who are committed to advancing the mission and values of City Year. We do this through volunteering, networking and contributing valuable funds to the organization.
City Year is an education focused non-profit committed to bridging the gap in high-poverty communities between the support the students in the communities actually need and what their schools are designed to provide, with the goal of increasing graduation rates across the country. In Boston, this is done by deploying 265 AmeriCorps members into 21 Boston Public Schools to provide students with attendance, behavior, and coursework tutoring and serve as mentors and role models for a year of full time service.
A recent study conducted by Policy Studies Associates (PSA) found that City Year partner schools were two to three times more likely than non-City Year partner schools to improve on English and Math tests. These results testify to the tireless work of the young adults serving as City Year AmeriCorps members, teachers, school leaders, students, and families. We know this work is more critical now than ever: earlier this year, a Southern Education Foundation report revealed that, for the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty.
As a member of the Ambassador Circle, I have committed to raising $500 for City Year Boston over the course of a year. To put things in perspective, a donation of $50 supports an individual AmeriCorps member, and $500 would support the typical team of ten AmeriCorps members, for a day of service in school. That will be a day we can all safely say we've made an impact on the next generation.
Even if you do not have the ability to donate at this time, I encourage all of you to visit the City Year website (cityyear.org) to learn more about the impact they are having across the country and about other ways you can get involved.