Support City Year's Impact in Boston During COVID-19
As the Chair of City Year Boston's Board I have seen firsthand the incredible impact City Year is having on the Boston community - especially during this pandemic. They are continuing to serve students in Boston Public Schools and rapidly adapted their service to respond to the ever-evolving needs of young people during COVID-19, shifting to virtual academic and social emotional support. I am inspired by the AmeriCorps members who are engaging with their students through virtual classrooms. 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.
Boston students continue to dream big and strive for academic success. Now more than ever, they need people who believe in their future. Please join me in supporting City Year Boston.
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.