Since our founding in 2000, City Year Washington, DC’s 1,052 corps members have served more than 89,200 children and provided nearly 1.8 million hours of service. Here are a few highlights from the 2012-2013 schools year:
- Record number of students served: City Year Washington, DC served more students than ever before. In total, 164 corps members reached more than 4,000 students each and every day. We also added two new partner schools, for a total of 16 schools. That means more students received critical one-on-one tutoring, behavior coaching and attendance interventions, helping them stay in school and on track to succeed.
- Results, results, results: From the start of the year to the end of the year, 89% of K-5 students tutored by corps members improved their literacy assessment scores, and 47% of these students remained proficient or improved an entire benchmark level. Similarly, City Year schools significantly outperformed the average district-wide improvements on the DC CAS, the district’s standardized test that measures literacy and math proficiency levels. The average increase in math proficiency across the district was 3.6%, compared to an average increase of 11.7% at City Year schools we are returning to this year.
- New multi-year contract with DC Public Schools: In May 2013, we entered into a five-year, multi-million dollar contract with DC Public Schools calling for extensive growth each year. City Year is committed to growing our impact and this contract states that DC Public Schools wants to grow with us.
- Service day with the First Family: Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, City Year Washington, DC hosts a large-scale service project for hundreds of volunteers in answer to Dr. King’s call to serve. This year was extra-special. In a surprise visit, President Obama and the entire First Family joined our volunteers and gave a nationally televised address about the importance of service. Throughout the year, our corps members engaged more than 2,000 volunteers in 8,500 hours of service. These volunteers provided an estimated $288,000 in value to Washington, DC and the high-need schools where City Year serves.
- Positioned for strategic growth: Over the last five years, City Year Washington, DC has more than doubled our number of corps members, tripled the number of schools and quadrupled the number of students we serve. But we need to do more. Last year alone, more than 750 young people applied for only 164 corps member positions. More than 40 principals requested one of 16 City Year teams. Over the next five years, City Year Washington, DC will once again embark on an aggressive growth plan to ensure that every student who needs a corps member has one by their side.
If you’re interested in learning about the role you can play in helping City Year end the dropout crisis, contact us at (202) 776-7780.