During the COVID-19 outbreak, City Year Boston continues to develop leaders to increase educational equity and ensure Boston Public Schools students’ success.
Our family believes fiercely in the mission of City Year, as we have experienced first hand the enormous positive impact on the students, teachers, schools, communities and of course the AmeriCorps members in Boston. Closing the achievement gap and addressing the inequities in our educational system are so important to our future. City Year, through the work of its AmeriCorps members directly impacts the drop-out crisis in specific and targeted ways to make a real difference in student outcomes. This resonates strongly with us, and we feel so fortunate to be a part of the City Year family.
Corps members are currently supporting Boston Public Schools virtually through Google Classroom. Corps members are facilitating breakout groups, helping with lesson plans, holding online office hours, and providing socio-emotional an academic support for students.
City Year is essential in fulfilling the promise of providing education and support to the young students in Boston Public Schools. In this current crisis, it is more important than ever that we support this partnership and allow our idealistic AmeriCorps members to continue to make a difference, one student at a time.
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.