City Year News: Mayor Kevin Johnson Announces Plans to Bring City Year To Sacramento Schools


Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson joined Superintendent Jonathan Raymond, California Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker, members of the City Year Sacramento Founding Committee, and several City Year corps members in their signature red jackets at Oak Ridge Elementary School to announce plans to partner with City Year, ultimately launching the program in Sacramento schools next fall.

“City Year belongs in Sacramento schools. The Whole School, Whole Child intervention model that City Year corps members provide aligns perfectly with our work to meet the needs of students in our neediest communities.”
– Jonathan Raymond, Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District

City Year formed a local start-up team in Sacramento – after two years of working with the Mayor’s office, school district partners, & local businesses – to focus on securing the remaining support & resources needed to launch Sacramento next fall.

“It is our obligation to give every child in Sacramento schools every possible opportunity we can offer them to succeed. I’m so proud that City Year is now a part of our strategy to make that happen. Over the next year, we’ll work closely with City Year to plan with school leaders, recruit local corps members, hire local support staff, & raise the appropriate funds to support a launch in five Sacramento schools next fall.”
– Mayor Johnson

In 21 communities across the United States corps members help turn around high-need schools & keep students in school & on track to graduation by working to improve their attendance, behavior & course performance.  Sacramento would be City Year’s 22nd U.S. city.

“We are proud to welcome Sacramento to the City Year family, and we’re inspired by the Sacramento community’s leadership, led by Mayor Johnson, over the last two years to make this start-up team a possibility. We look forward to working with our partners in Sacramento to lay the groundwork for a strong launch in Sacramento schools, and to tap the energy and idealism of young adults who are ready to give a year of fulltime service to help Sacramento students and schools succeed.”
– Michael Brown, City Year Co-Founder and national CEO

In 2009, with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Brown announced In School & On Track: A National Challenge, a campaign to address the nation’s high school dropout crisis and turn around low performing schools by scaling City Year programs nationwide.

“This is a call for young people to partner with Sacramento’s teachers, principals, business and philanthropic leaders to help students achieve their potential. City Year & our community partners will provide Sacramento’s schools with diverse, highly trained teams of tutors, mentors and role models to provide the academic and socio-emotional support that students need to stay on track to graduation, and college and career success.”
– Jim Balfanz, City Year’s President

City Year: The Cold Hard Facts
Make a Difference in the Lives of Students Attending High-Need Schools: Apply to be a part of the 2012-2013 corps!  

  • As a result of City Year’s attendance support initiatives, 55% of 6th through 9th grade students who were off track in attendance were back on track in 2010.
  • This event took place at Oak Ridge Elementary School, on the California Department of Education’s list of the state’s persistently lowest achieving.  100% of the 458 students enrolled are qualified for free or reduced meals.
  • Corps members serve as tutors, mentors, and role models in 187 U.S. public schools this year.
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