Heroes and Helping Hands 2017 [KVIE]
Heroes and Helping Hands introduces the people making a difference in communities to improve people’s lives in big and small ways. City Year Sacramento was highlighted on Heroes and Helping Hands with Rob on the Road and KVIE, a local public broadcasting station in Sacramento. Watch the first 8 minutes to see the impact that our City Year AmeriCorps members are making in Sacramento as well as our 27 other City Year sites.
The Case for City Year Detroit [The Detroit News]
The model works. A third-party study found that schools that partner with City Year are two to three times more likely to improve on their math and English Language Arts assessments than schools without these dedicated AmeriCorps members.
Blazing the college trail: A graduate returns to her South LA home to help others find the way [LA School Report]
As the first in her family to attend college and from a disadvantaged community where few students think it is possible to leave, Carolina Martínez Orozco wanted to prove that you can leave, and succeed.
OPINION: How identifying struggling students in middle school can keep struggling students from dropping out of high school
Three partner organizations complete the Diplomas Now model: City Year, an AmeriCorps organization that puts recent college grads in schools to provide one-on-one mentoring and tutoring for kids with early-warning indicators; Talent Development Secondary, a Johns Hopkins program that develops school improvement models and support for teachers; and Communities In Schools, which provides social workers who help students with the greatest needs. Through the process, the students’ early-warning indicators are tracked and periodically revised.
Editorial: Empathy Builds Allies: Continuing 'The Talk' [NBC News]
Two years ago, City Year D.C. Alumna Whitney Parnell founded a nonprofit, Service Never Sleeps (SNS), with the idea that "as long as social injustice never sleeps, service combatting it should never sleep either." She uses her voice as an outlet for social change, as she believes that "all of us can productively contribute to society using our own inherent talents." Click here to listen to her new song, "The Talk."