It Takes a Village: City Year Community Engagement
"It is the shared values of the village, the shared commitment to each child as a loved individual and future citizen of the village, and the shared sense of collective responsibility that underscore the truth of why it takes a whole village to raise a child." Read more for just a few of the many examples of how the cities we serve in have adopted the “it takes a village” approach to nurturing students.
Inspiring Students to Give Back to Their Community at Comcast Cares Day
Comcast Cares Day is a day of incredible impact in not just the communities City Year serves, but across the world. This year Comcast Cares Day engaged more than 105,000 volunteers in improving 1,000 project sites at community centers, schools, gardens, parks, beaches, and more throughout the U.S. and in 22 other countries. More than 800 City Year AmeriCorps members and staff served alongside Comcast NBCUniversal employees. In 11 U.S. cities side by side they painted murals in schools, cleaned up parks, built community gardens and much more. Continue reading for more Comcast Cares Day highlights from across the City Year network!
What Do City Year AmeriCorps Members Do? Provide Positive Behavior Support
Every day, our City Year AmeriCorps members work to support students who struggle in three key areas–absenteeism, disruptive behavior, and course failure in math and English. But how do City Year AmeriCorps members actually reach students who are showing these signs, particularly disruptive behavior? Current City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member Aven Presberry describes how he provides positive behavior support in the classroom at the Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School.
A City Year is More Than Just a Gap Year
"One of the biggest things I learned from my experience is that doing a gap year with City Year isn't what some people think of when they imagine what a gap year is like. It’s different than traveling or doing part-time work. City Year is full-time and you will work harder than you ever have before. You will also mature, gain valuable skills and meet some of the most compassionate teammates who will become your lifelong best friends, all while devoting yourself to a cause greater than self." Claire Dempsey (City Year New York '13) shares her journey from high school to City Year to college.
If It Challenges You, It Impacts Your Students
When you sign on to serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member, you are agreeing to embark on a journey that is going to transform your life along with countless others. Your students will not forget the investment you are making in them and in their future. As you strive to make an impact on your students, don't be surprised by the rewarding challenges you experience along the way.