Two weeks ago, City Year Sacramento was honored to hear that it would be the recipient of Regional Transit’s (RT) 2015 TransitAction Award. The annual awards program recognizes models of excellence that have made a significant and positive impact to public transit in the Sacramento region. City Year was chosen as the ‘Organization/Agency of the Year’ and will be honored at this year’s breakfast on Thursday, March 26th.

Since 2012, when City Year Sacramento officially became a site, RT has been a resource for AmeriCorps members who come to serve in the region. As a support to our corps members, RT provides passes for them to commute to the schools they serve each day.

 “Without the support of Regional Transit, many of our corps members wouldn't have the ability to get to their school to provide service,” said City Year Operations Manager Clanci Cochran. “When moving to Sacramento, we suggest that corps members consider housing options that are close to RT stations, so they have the opportunity to easily commute throughout the community.”

The investment RT makes in the corps members is continuous throughout the year and extends beyond transit passes and into the classrooms of the schools City Year Sacramento serves. To support this investment, City Year AmeriCorps members facilitate projects for after school program participants. During the 2013-2014 school year, City Year Sacramento provided nearly 2,500 hours of RT focused volunteer service for approximately 3,000 students in five schools.

Some of the projects worked on last year included an RT orientation that educated students on the basis of RT’s service, a student poster contest that was featured in schools, and the RT Great Debate that built student skill sets in public speaking, research and debate.

This partnership helps to further articulate to students and their families the resources that are available to them through RT and how it improves their access to unique parts of Sacramento they might not have visited before. This spring, City Year will be partnering with RT on two service day cleanup projects around various transit stops in the city.

In the 2014-2015 school year, City Year Sacramento now serves in one additional school, reaching more than 300 students and increasing access to a new demographic (9th – 12th graders). With continued backing from organizations such as Regional Transit, City Year can continue to provide school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. 

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