For the next four Fridays, “Five Things Friday” will highlight each of the four neighborhoods City Year New York serves in.
First Up: East New York, Brooklyn
- East New York: This year, 44 corps members call East New York Brooklyn home. Since 2005, City Year has placed teams of committed young people in East New York schools where less than 52% of the students will graduate High School in four years. We provide students with tutoring, mentoring, and afterschool programming. Our corps members serve in four elementary schools, PS 13, PS 149, PS 213 and PS 345, and partner with GROUNDWORK for Youth for our afterschool time.
- The Power is Yours: The first assembly at P.S. 345 was called “The Power is Yours”. Each corps member was introduced with individual collages as look-n-feel, and they introduced the City Year power-tools, such as hands up, that the school will use in all large events. We kicked off the event with PT and a skit that demonstrated the schools core virtues – respect, responsibility and diligence.
- Bringing Books to Life: On Wednesday and Thursday PS 13 (A-Team) hosted their first Whole School BBL Assembly(s). This featured the The Ugly Duckling with the K-2nd grade students and Teammates with the 3rd-5th grade students. This months themes are focused around respect for oneself and others. Every month we will touch on a new topic that address positive behavior.
- Quotes and Joys – “My kids told me they want to be part of City Year when they get older.” – Jessica Jeffers, corps member.
At P.S. 345 Starfish/After school kids have started a Reading and Writing Club and will be the first ever pen pals with CY London!
- MLK Day: The National King Day of Service was created in 1994 through federal legislation and every year tens of thousands of people celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by volunteering on this day. City Year New York celebrates MLK Day by bringing resources and inspiration to one of our neighborhoods where we have corps members serving every day. We are excited to announce that this year we will be hosting more than 1000 volunteers to the schools, community centers and non profits of East New York Brooklyn. If you are interested in volunteering please check our web site in the coming weeks. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities contact Laura Hamm.