Kristen and Jimmy Atwood
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The City Year Family
Our family has been a part of City Year and City Year has been part of our family. Kristen was the first official employee of City Year but as our family grew, she would stop working one day a week for each child born. Now Kristen serves on City Year's National Board of Trustee. Our whole family has volunteered with City Year in some capacity over the years at service days, as Young Heroes, Jimmy served on the City Year Boston Board for many years and many of the Atwood siblings have served as AmeriCorps members.
As you can see from the update below from City Year Boston, your help is needed more than ever so please click here to support this year's corps members serving students in virtual classrooms right now!
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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?
Serving in South Africa
We've had the great opportunity to travel to South Africa and help found City Year South Africa in 2000. Here's Kristen on one of our trips.
Sophie at Serve-a-thon!
We used to come together with 10,000 of our closest friends and Mayor Menino (in background with Charlie Rose) at Serve-a-thon to work on making Boston a better community. Our daughter, Sophie, is giving an address to the crowd.
Back in 1992!
Here are some or our 1992 corps members and my dear friend Stephanie Wu!
Being part of a movement
Here's my daughter as a corps member marching for justice on MLK Day.
One of the great joys of City Year is that our family have had the opportunity to join together with so many other families on the common ground of service.