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Why I support City Year Boston

I was honored to co-found City Year -- right here in Boston -- and to serve as its CEO for many years, and now to serve as a senior advisor.  I am asking all of our long time City Year supporters, and people who are just getting to know City Year, to make a generous contribution to City Year Boston's online fundraiser, Starry Starry Night.  Your support is needed, especially at this extraordinary time. City Year AmeriCorps members are continuing to serve students in Boston schools, through online support, and City Year Boston is recruiting its 2020 -2021 corps right now, hopefully to be back in Boston school in the fall, or if necessary, to continue their online tutoring and mentoring. The Covid crisis has made City Year Boston's corps members' service even more important, as students are not able to be in school and the support of City Year Boston's corps members, serving as near-peer student success coaches, is critical to ensure that students get the academic and social and emotional engagement, one on one tutoring and encouragement they need to continue their learning while it is not possible for them to have the structure of being in school everyday. Thank you for helping to keep City Year Boston strong, and helping City Year corps members help Boston students and schools succeed!

Michael Brown
Co-Founder and Senior Advisor
City Year, Inc.

Join me at:

Starry Night A Virtual Bright Spot, Thursday, May 21, showing at 5:30pm & 8:30pm

Starry Night: A Virtual Bright Spot celebrates our AmeriCorps members and we hope you’ll join us over the next few weeks as we share stories of impact, which will culminate in a virtual gathering on Thursday, May 21st. RSVP here.

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.

Join Us At:

Virtual Panel, Thursday, May 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Participants will hear directly from AmeriCorps members about working with students, how City Year has prepared them for their goals, and, about the challenges and triumphs of supporting students in virtual classrooms. RSVP here.

Starry Night A Virtual Bright Spot, Thursday, May 21, showing at 5:30pm & 8:30pm

Join us on Thursday, May 21, 2020 for our virtual celebration of service! Hosted by NBC10 Boston’s Latoyia Edwards, Starry Night: A Virtual Bright Spot, presented by Bain Capital Community Partnerships, will bring together our City Year Boston community to celebrate the impact of our AmeriCorps members and acknowledge our valued partners that power our service in schools.  

Starry Night: A Virtual Bright Spot will air on Facebook Live and YouTube Live at 5:30pm and again at 8:30pm. Follow City Year on Facebook.

Program: 

Music by Soul Monstahs 

Host: Latoyia Edwards, NBC10 Boston

Remarks from:  

  • Sandra Lopez Burke, City Year Boston 
  • Representative from Bain Capital 
  • An AmeriCorps Member 

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My Supporters

  • Matina Horner I am so proud of what City Year has become since Alan and Michael first came to my office at Radcliffe to share their idea for "community service" that could truly make a difference. May 2020 $5,000.00
  • Hubert Jones May 2020 $525.00
  • Morris + Dawn Effron Always glad to support such a worthy cause, and such wonderful neighbors. Education remains the cornerstone of our democracy. Thank you for the work City Year does. May 2020 $100.00
  • Michael Brown Happy to support City Year Boston! May 2020 $1,000.00
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  • Matina Horner I am so proud of what City Year has become since Alan and Michael first came to my office at Radcliffe to share their idea for "community service" that could truly make a difference. May 2020 $5,000.00
  • Michael Brown Happy to support City Year Boston! May 2020 $1,000.00
  • Hubert Jones May 2020 $525.00
  • Morris + Dawn Effron Always glad to support such a worthy cause, and such wonderful neighbors. Education remains the cornerstone of our democracy. Thank you for the work City Year does. May 2020 $100.00
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