City Year

At a Glance

National Office: 
287 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02144
Phone: 617-927-2500

Michael Brown
People Served: 
1,500,000
Year Founded: 
1988
Tax ID: 
22-2882549

Focus area(s):

Mentoring
Reading/Math

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Description

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. In 27 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. 

Impact and Outcomes

A third-party study by Policy Studies Associates (PSA) examined the impact of Whole School Whole Child on City Year’s partner schools’ performance in comparison to similar schools without City Year. The study used publicly available data that local education agencies (LEAs), State and U.S. Departments of Education use to assess school performance.
PSA found that schools with teams of City Year AmeriCorps members were two times more likely to increase English Language Arts (ELA) and three times more likely to increase math proficiency rates compared with similar schools that did not partner with City Year, as measured by state assessments.
Schools that partnered with City Year also gained the equivalent of approximately one month of additional learning in math and ELA.

Mission & Goals

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.

Program

City Year’s Whole School, Whole Child model deploys teams of diverse young people who serve as near peer tutors, mentors and role models and deliver to highly integrated services to students in grades 3-9. 

Core program elements include:

  • Attendance Monitoring and Incentive Programs: Corps members work closely with students to monitor and improve attendance through special initiatives and communications to parents and guardians.
  • Behavioral Support: Corps members coach students toward behaviors and attitudes that reflect a strong, purpose-driven character through general instruction, mentoring and incentive programs.
  • Course Performance in Math and English: Corps members tutor one-on-one, in small groups and during whole class activities, and lead out-of-class extension activities that complement the school’s instruction and help to put students on a path towards college.

Corps members begin their service before the first bell rings and stay until the last child leaves the after-school program, providing a continuous, supportive presence throughout the day that builds connections between students’ classroom learning and their out-of-school experiences that accelerate achievement.  City Year and school staff regularly monitor individual student performance to tailor the types and intensity of supports needed – both academically and socio-emotionally. This allows City Year to deliver the right supports to the right students at the right time.

Impact

o   City Year’s 3,000 AmeriCorps members are strategically deployed to 292 schools that produce a disproportionate number of our nation’s dropouts. Through City Year’s Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) model, diverse teams of full-time AmeriCorps members serve more than 196,000 students in the highest need elementary, middle and high schools.

 

o   City Year uses a multi-method approach to track and analyze student-level data. The evaluation team collects quantitative and qualitative impact data using a variety of methods, including: surveys; databases that track activities and interventions with students; and existing school data. As a result, City Year now analyzes gains in literacy skills (grades 3-9), ELA grades (grades 6-9), math skills (grades 3-9), math grades (grades 3-9), attendance (grades 6-9), and behavior and social-emotional learning. City Year also surveys all teachers, principals and administrators twice a year. City Year leverages student-level data and feedback to inform program design and support effective instruction.

 

o   Results from our 2014-2015 program year show City Year prevented:

§  62% of students from falling off track in attendance

§  82% of students from falling off track in ELA

§  78% of students from falling off track in math 

Growth Plan

o   In 2013, City Year announced a national Long-Term Impact goal to grow our capacity to serve more students and schools across the country. When realized, this goal has the potential to transform the status quo in urban education. Research shows that students in high-poverty schools who reach the 10th grade on track and on time are four times more likely to graduate than their peers who do not, yet at the high-need schools in the communities where City Year serves, only 44% of students meet this description. Over the next few years, City Year will scale its impact across the country to help turn around low-performing schools and dramatically increase the number of urban youth who graduate from high school, college and career ready, by ensuring that they reach the 10th grade on track and on time. City Year's Long-Term Impact Goals are:

§  Ensure that at least 80% of students in schools where City Year serves reach the 10th grade on time and on track each year

§  Reach 50% of the at risk students in the markets where City Year serves

§  Expand to cities that account for two-thirds of the nation’s urban dropouts.

Location of Sites

National Office: 
287 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02144
Phone: 617-927-2500
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
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Locations in the following states:

Arkansas

California

Colorado

District Of Columbia

Florida

Illinois

Louisiana

Massachusetts

Michigan

Missouri

New Hampshire

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Texas

Washington

Wisconsin

Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$29,340,220
Foundation Grants: 
$33,633,911
Government Funding: 
$60,366,907
Contributions from Individuals: 
$8,587,382
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$469,799
Other Revenue: 
$10,422,306
Other Revenue (Description): 
Other Income ($447,206); Board designated surplus funds authorized for operations ($2,414,000); Net assets released from restrictions ($7,561,100)
Total Revenue: 
$142,820,525

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$112,272,403
Occupancy: 
$5,387,818
Travel & Entertainment: 
$5,878,478
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$5,360,167
Telephone & Communications: 
$4,677,195
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$7,850,267
Other Expenses (Description): 

Conferences and training seminars ($287,149), Dues and Fees ($492,694), Event venue expense ($4,035,757), Advertising and recruiting ($654,357), Interest ($318,373), and Depreciation and amortization ($2,061,937).

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$141,426,328

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$1,394,197

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2013

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$26,200,402
Foundation Grants: 
$23,263,032
Government Funding: 
$33,205,596
Contributions from Individuals: 
$8,208,123
Program Services Fees: 
$0
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$22,110,539
Other Revenue: 
$1,514,181
Other Revenue (Description): 
Investment Income and Miscellaneous
Special Events: 
$0
Total Revenue: 
$114,501,873

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$52,350,739
Occupancy: 
$3,459,265
Travel & Entertainment: 
$4,744,664
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$3,381,240
Telephone & Communication: 
$1,046,319
Payments to Affiliates: 
$0
Other Expenses: 
$46,013,875
Other Expenses (Description): 

Contract Services, Professional Services, Retreats and Conferences, Equipment/Space Rental and Repair, Interest, Depreciation and Amortization

Total Expenses: 
$110,996,102

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$3,505,771

Major Funders

o   AT&T Inc.

o   Bain Capital

o   Bank of America Charitable Foundation

o   Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

o   Comcast NBCUniversal

o   CSX Transportation

o   Deloitte Services, L.L.P.

o   George Kaiser Family Foundation

o   JPMorgan Chase & Co.

o   MFS Investment Management

o   Microsoft Corporation

o   National Grid

o   NVIDIA Corporation

o   PepsiCo Foundation

o   Rackspace Foundation

o   Summit Partners

o   The Aramark Charitable Fund

o   The Hauptman Family Foundation

o   The Michael and Kim Ward Family Foundation

o   The Starbucks Foundation

o   TowerBrook Foundation

o   Walmart Foundation

o   Walton Family Foundation

o   Wells Fargo Foundation