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City Year

Associate Board Member, City Year New York
June 2013 - Present

A third of all students in New York’s public schools will drop out. The consequences for our community are real. When a student drops out of school it has a lasting effect on our communities and society as a whole. City Year helps close the gap between what students need to succeed and what schools are designed to provide by placing near-peer mentors in New York’s most under-served schools to address specific areas that lead to students dropping out.

Building a more equitable future...

City Year’s school-based model is called Whole School, Whole Child. Corps members tutor students identified as at-risk of dropping out, serve as an additional resource for teachers in classrooms, and lead afterschool programs and school-wide initiatives to improve school culture. Each school where we serve has at least one team of 8-12 corps members, instantly increasing the ratio of adults: children in the building.

We work in partnership with school districts to support their goals and provide additional support – the human capital – required to make a difference with students who are at risk of dropping out. City Year corps members serve full-time in grades 3 through 9. Target high-need schools and students. Research shows that students who are at the highest-risk to drop out can be identified as early as sixth grade. Corps members receive more than 300 hours of professional training to intervene based on three early warning indicators, the ABC’s – poor attendance, behavior, and course failure in math and English. Harness the power of young people. City Year hires and trains diverse teams of young adults – 17 to 24 year olds – to give a year of full-time service in schools. Younger than the teachers but older than pupils, corps members are uniquely positioned to form a strong bond with students and help them succeed. Corps members provide at least 1,700 hours of service each year.


City Year has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating since 2003, certifying our commitment to accountability, transparency and responsible fiscal management. Only 1% of charities have received this distinction for eight consecutive years, placing City Year among the most trustworthy nonprofits in America.

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