City Year’s comprehensive staff training has shown significant statistical gains.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has called City Year’s efforts “invaluable” in keeping at-risk kids on track, and these data-driven numbers support his assertion.
Over the life of the grant, City Year was able to reach over 45,000 fifth- through eighth-grade students with whole-school support and 7,300 at-risk students with targeted interventions in 20 cities across the country.
Thanks to the development of a dynamic training model, corps members, team leaders, and program staff benefit from ongoing online and face-to-face trainings throughout the year. City Year teams meet regularly in school to ask questions, receive guidance, share best practices, and support each other’s work. In addition, ongoing Learning Development Days are held locally and offer deeper dives into selected topics.
With funding from the Walmart Foundation, AmeriCorps, and other supporters, City Year’s corps members have made extraordinary gains with some of the country’s most underserved students. Co-founder Michael Brown’s vision is that “one day, the most commonly asked question for a young person will be, ‘Where are you going to spend your service year?’”