Support City Year's Impact in Schools

During the COVID-19 outbreak, City Year Boston remains committed to our mission of developing leaders to increase educational equity and ensure Boston Public Schools students’ success.

I have been a long-standing support for City Year because I have seen the incredible impact their AmeriCorps members have on the students and families they serve. I believe that education can change lives and City Year puts that belief into action. City Year helps to bridge the gap between what students need and what school systems are traditionally, systemically, resourced to provide.

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 needed now more than ever. Their leadership in this space is why I hope you will consider supporting the 250 AmeriCorps members serving Boston Public Schools in service to more than 12,600 students.


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.

What Does Virtual Service Look Like?

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