A Journey of Service
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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?
Photos from the journey...
Bringing it In
We all come together at City Year from different backgrounds, bound together by the idea that we can change the world for the better through common effort.
Meeting with Giants
I've met so many outstanding people as part of City Year! Wyclef Jean was stopping by City Year when we had a chance to throw down some lines together.
Mayor Menino was such an important part of Boston for decades. He often honored us with his participation at many City Year events. He loved being with CYB corps members and our students.
Emotions in Action
Heidi Johnson was such a creative partner to work on events with at City Year. She understood how emotions to bring people together in celebration.
I've been proud to work with so many amazing teams over the years at City Year! Here's a blast from the past where you can see us at our national conference (cyzygy). I'm on crutches for some reason. Maybe I was injured by the huge phones!
A Grand Event at Kristen's House!
Getting ready to celebrate Alan at with the events team - Kristen, Tara and Kirsten.
In the early days...
In the beginning we were a ragtag group of idealists that gathered around a vision of what national service could do for our country and world.
Senior Corps Leaders
The Senior Corps members, who come back for a second year of service and leadership, are the ones who make true connections for City Year.
I've worked with extraordinary teammates over the years.
I've painted many murals in my day as part of City Year. It's always been more than just about the paint on the wall but about the community we build when painting a beautiful world together.
Friends and Family
At City Year colleagues become friends and friends become family. I am so grateful to have such amazing City Year family like Lourdes and Stephen.