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CYB Alumni: Boston Civic Engagement

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We are the alumni of the Boston Civic Engagement Team sponsored by National Grid, and we are serious about service!

Since 2006, the BCE team has mobilized more than 50,000 volunteers in service to support Boston schools and communities. 

Along the way, we've collected an ancient wizard van named Vandalf, many pairs of pant paints, and lots of wonderful memories! We're very excited to be joining City Year Boston's Starry Night Campaign, and remember the bright spots from our time on BCE. 

Check out the gallery below to see our teams and events throughout the years. If you have any pictures you want to share, please email them to us to add to the gallery!

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?

Our Supporters

  • Anonymous May 2020
  • Anonymous May 2020 $52.50
  • Elizabeth D'Addamio May 2020
  • Austin Brandt May 2020
  • Mark Stehfest Hi Molly , This is just paying back for the all the times I spilled paint in the vans and almost destroying your car with jumper cables. :)) May 2020 $250.00
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  • Karen and Jim Soiles April 2020 $1,000.00
  • Saida, Sonya and Martin Dagsta Keep up your important work, which is very much appreciated especially during these trying times. May 2020 $525.00
  • Anonymous April 2020 $525.00
  • Jean Lacey April 2020 $500.00
  • Eugenia Soiles I love the work City Year and the BCE team do throughout Boston to make a true impact on our schools, community centers and youth. They change lives! April 2020 $262.50
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