Allison's Fundraising Page
I am an alumna of the City Year Boston 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 corps. For my first year, I served as an AmeriCorps Member in a 7th-grade prealgebra classroom at the Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston. I fell in love with my students, my team, the city of Boston, and City Year so I decided to return for a second year as a Service Leader with the Boston Civic Engagement team. At the end of the year, I was awarded City Year Boston's AmeriCorps Member of the Year award, which convinced me to come back on staff. For the past two years I've served on the Development and Communications team, where I've helped support events and a variety of fundraising campaigns. Yay ops!
I will be leaving City Year in June to pursue an AM in Urban Education Policy at Brown University in Providence and I hope to use my education to continue advocating for students and educational equity in our schools.
City Year Updates
In March, Boston Public Schools (BPS) announced the closure of all 125 schools citywide. These school closures left 50,000 Boston students without access to in-person schooling. City Year Boston is working closely with BPS to provide innovative distance learning opportunities to students, adapting our Whole School Whole Child program model to suit virtual spaces.
While teachers continue to provide whole-class instruction using platforms like Google Classroom or Zoom, City Year’s AmeriCorps members are providing academic supports in English language arts/literacy and math by facilitating breakout groups, answering questions, and leading enrichment activities. Our corps members are assisting teachers in planning lessons and reviewing students’ assignments and holding office hours to provide one-on-one and small-group tutoring. Importantly, our AmeriCorps members are also supporting students’ social-emotional health and placing phone calls home to students and their families as a way to build connectedness, troubleshoot, and communicate updates.
City Year Boston is one of the only partners to support Boston Public School students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
City Year’s support of virtual classrooms is a pivotal step in preventing learning loss and generating opportunities for new learning, as well as ensuring greater equity of experience among families who may not otherwise have the ability to facilitate in-home instruction. Beyond this school year, City Year will continue to engage in the virtual space to support BPS students and will be in schools next year to support students when they will need more than ever.