Students at Central Middle School on the first day of school received a high-powered welcome from City Year Kansas City members, along with the Kansas City Chiefs mascot, cheerleaders, and drum line. The welcome event celebrates the start of City Year Kansas City’s pilot program in two Kansas City schools.
Sixteen highly trained City Year-KC members will serve full-time in Central Middle School, providing students with tutoring and in-class support, extended day programs, and school-wide initiatives to increase academic achievement and student engagement.
City Year-led activities, including a daily energetic greeting of every student, help make a school a more welcoming place for students and help create a positive school culture. After this year’s pilot program, City Year will officially launch in five Kansas City schools in the fall of 2016.
A newly released third-party study found that schools that partner with City Year were two- to three-times more likely to improve school-wide proficiency rates in English and math than schools with similar demographics and performance profiles that do not have the added benefit of City Year members. Additionally, students in City Year partner schools gained approximately one month of additional learning in English and math each year.
The formation of City Year Kansas City has been led by a group of cross-sector community and business leaders, in partnership with Kansas City Public Schools and Mayor Sly James. City Year Kansas City has received lead investments from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Hall Family Foundation, Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, JE Dunn, Sosland Foundation, Hunt Family Foundation/Chiefs, Baum Family Foundation, Brandmeyer Family Foundation, Polsinelli, John and Terry Petersen and Hallmark.