May 2014

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, delivered remarks via video at City Year’s 2014 National Leadership Summit:

“Too many children from our nation’s lowest income families face odds of graduating high school that aren’t much better than a coin toss. City Year has drawn widely from data, using a national model based on research that identifies characteristics that strongly predict a student’s risk of dropping out of high school.”  - Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education

City Year has a powerful plan to increase urban graduation rates in cities nationwide. On May 22, 2014, our annual In School & On Track National Leadership Summit convened leaders from the education, business, government, and philanthropic communities to discuss City Year’s new Blueprints for Long-Term Impact.

The multi-year plans provide each of our City Year sites with customized data and analysis that will allow the organization to achieve its Long-Term Impact strategy. This strategy aims to dramatically increase the number of students who reach the tenth grade on track to graduate in the schools where City Year serves, expand to cities that account for two-thirds of the nation’s urban dropouts, and reach nearly 800,000 students annually.

The Blueprint planning process is led by City Year’s Strategy and Growth team in partnership with Deloitte Consulting. Together, they’ve leveraged school district data to identify which high schools produce 50 percent or more of the off-track students in a community, and have mapped the elementary and middle schools that feed into them. City Year’s strategy is to saturate these schools with highly trained corps members who provide individualized academic and social-emotional supports to students who need it the most.

Currently, 2,700 City Year corps members serve in 25 cities across the United States. City Year’s Long Term Impact strategy calls for expanding from 25 cities to 38 cities nationwide, growing to a corps of more than 12,000, and ultimately increasing the number of students the organization serves from 150,000 to nearly 800,000.

For more information, download the City Year Blueprints for Long-Term Impact.

Following the National Leadership Summit, Bill Clinton accepted the Legacy Award at our 25th Anniversary Gala, presented by Bain Capital, at the Boston Symphony Hall. Click here to find photos and a full recap of the 25th Anniversary Gala.  

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