Following a one-year pilot program in two Kansas City schools, City Year Kansas City officially kicked off in five schools in September 2016, making it City Year’s 27th site.
City Year provides sustained student and school supports over multiple years, with the goal of significantly increasing the number of students who are on track to graduate, prepared for college and career.
As part of AmeriCorps, the national education organization places diverse young adults in high-need urban schools for a year of service to support students' academic and socio-emotional success. City Year AmeriCorps members work with students in grades 3 through 9 using research-based interventions that address the early warning indicators of poor attendance, behavior incidents and course failure in math and English.
In the City Year program, diverse teams of near-peer City Year AmeriCorps members – all between the ages of 18 and 25 years old – serve full-time alongside teachers, tutoring students one-on-one, providing in-class support and organizing school-wide programs to increase academic achievement and student engagement. City Year AmeriCorps members receive comprehensive training and ongoing professional development in order to:
• Tutor students one-on-one and in small groups, provide in-class support, and organize school-wide programs to increase student academic achievement and engagement;
• Provide teachers and school leaders with additional capacity to effectively meet students’ unique needs; and
• Provide capacity for extended learning opportunities (before and after school) that are aligned with the school day.
The Kauffman Foundation partnered with a coalition of local community supporters to help bring the program to Kansas City consisting of the Kansas City Public School District, Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Hall Family Foundation, Baum Family Foundation, Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, Hunt Family Foundation/Kansas City Chiefs, JE Dunn Construction, the Sosland Foundation, William T. Kemper Foundation, Brandmeyer Family Foundation, Oppenstein Brothers Foundation, John and Terry Petersen, Polsinelli and Hallmark.
Learn more about City Year at cityyear.org, City Year’s Facebook page, and on Twitter.