On Wednesday, April 8, City Year Jacksonville had the honor of representing our City Year Florida sites at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee. The event was hosted by Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott in recognition of the great work of the Volunteer Florida Foundation and AmeriCorps volunteers across the state. City Year was proud to be present among the many passionate individuals and organizations that want to see Florida become known as a state that serves.
Every year, empirical data demonstrating proven benefits volunteers add to communities. A recent Washington Post article featured a study conducted by the University of Michigan, which found that national service programs increase outcomes and can save citie’s millions of dollars annually on costly services. As the research finds, volunteer programs need to be consistent and taken to a larger scale in order to make the long-term impact.
Across Florida, there are 354 City Year AmeriCorps members serving more than 35,900 students across Jacksonville, Miami, and Orlando. City Year’s Impact across the state is consistent and growing:
- In Miami, students who worked with City Year were 53% more likely to advance one or more FCAT reading levels than students who didn’t work with City Year.
- In Orlando, 67% of students that started the year with a D or lower in English Language Arts or math, and were tutored by City Year, ended with a C or higher.
- In Jacksonville, 66% of students who received support from a City Year AmeriCorps member in math demonstrated learning
gains on the FCAT.
Undeniably, service volunteerism changes communities and improves lives. The work of Volunteer Florida and AmeriCorps programs are critically important for exactly this reason.
City Year was honored to be included among the guests along with another Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps grantee, “50 LARGE”. Special thanks to Volunteer Florida CEO, Chester Spellman, for including City Year at the event.