City Year & Wellington - A partnership 7 years strong
Seven years ago the Wellington Management Foundation provided its first grant to City Year, sponsoring a team of AmeriCorps members at the Trotter Innovation School in Dorchester. Move forward to today, and our relationship with City Year has blossomed and the organization is now a strategic partner of the Foundation. City Year was one of the first recipients of a Catalyst Giving Initative grant, which expanded our sporsorship to two AmeriCorps teams - currently the Trotter and the Boston Green Academy in Brighton. I serve as a co-Relationship Manager on behalf of the Foundation and member of City Year's Seven Generations Board. My interaction with City Year dates back to that first grant in 2013, when the Wellington Young Professionals Summit and Community Engagement subcommittee was asked to lead the relationship on behalf of the Foundation and engage our WYP population in a variety of community outreach events. Since that time we have participated in dozens of City Year events and have engaged hundreds of Wellington volunteers - including family members - in events in our offices, in Boston Public Schools, and at City Year Boston's headquarters.
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.