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City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide targeted interventions for students at risk of dropping out. City Year unites young individuals (corps members) age 17-24 from diverse ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service, leadership development and civic engagement. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders are deployed in teams to high-poverty, urban schools to make a difference in the lives of underserved children and youth.
City Year Tulsa is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income students in Tulsa. This year, City Year Tulsa is partnering with Tulsa Public Schools to serve in 6 of its lowest-performing schools.
City Year focuses on improving public education outcomes for students in low-performing schools not only because the need is so great but because corps members are well-positioned to play a unique role in helping students and schools succeed.
Every child has the ability to succeed, but many face challenges in the classroom and at home that impede their ability to stay on-track. Research shows that struggling students can succeed when they receive the right support at the right time, but teachers and schools do not always have the time or resources to meet each student’s individual needs. In many low-performing urban schools, more than half of students struggle to overcome challenges associated with intergenerational poverty. Even skilled educators are understandably overwhelmed by the scale and intensity of student need. High-poverty urban schools need affordable solutions to increase the human capital available to help fill this implementation gap and get students back on track to graduate.
City Year is a cost-effective, high-impact solution that has the potential to close this implementation gap. City Year supports students, teachers and schools by providing the people power required to effectively meet student need. City Year’s Whole School Whole Child is informed by research that identifies three Early Warning Indicators that a student is at risk of dropping out: poor attendance, poor behavior, and course failure in English/math. Corps members are highly trained, deeply motivated, and uniquely qualified to address these indicators. City Year places full-time, trained young adults in schools to provide struggling students with individualized attention. As near-peer role models close in age to the students they serve, corps members are able to connect with students who exhibit these indicators and respond to their needs in a unique and meaningful way to get them back on track to graduate.
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