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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 support Boston Public School students during 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.
Music by Soul Monstahs
Host: Latoyia Edwards, NBC10 Boston
- Sandra Lopez Burke, City Year Boston
- Representative from Bain Capital
- An AmeriCorps Member