Kevin and Patti Jeanne Barry
Support City Year Boston's Impact in Schools
We are very excited to support City Year again this year in a different way. We are big believers in City Year, both as proud parents of a former AmericCorps member and as Boston residents who have seen first hand the impact City Year has in our schools and community.
We are sad the in-person gala won’t take place this year due to the pandemic, but hope we can inspire our friends to support this amazing institution as it continues to support BPS students during this crisis. Continuing learning has never been harder in current circumstances, and AmericCorps members continue to connect personally with students to teach, mentor and provide support.
Thanks for any donation you can make, and we hope you can join us for some virtual inspiration on May 21 for this year’s version of Starry Night.
With appreciation, Patti Jeanne and Kevin
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.