- South Bronx: This year we have 71 corps members serving in four elementary schools and two middle schools in the South Bronx. The South Bronx is one of the most underserved neighborhoods of New York City and is the poorest congressional district in the United States, where 95% of students receive free or reduced lunch. Our teams serve full-time as tutors and mentors, from the first bell until the last student leaves our after-school programs. We are excited to be serving at PS 333/335, PS 48, PS 75, PS 154, MS 424, and MS 302. We also are partnering with The Point CDC, where our South Bronx zone office is housed, and where PS 75 holds after school programming.
- Overheard in the BX:
Joan Rodriguez (8th Grade) – When I came to New York I always wanted to change the violence but realized I can’t do it. So when I heard about City Year I wanted to join so I can do something.
Jaesan Gregory (6th Grade) – Can’t do it or can’t do it alone?
Joan – Can’t do it alone.
- Student Attendance: City Year New York is partnering with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Truancy Task Force, Every Student Every Day, and we are already seeing results at PS 75. At our last meeting, Principal Cruz shared some of the successes that she has already seen at her school:
• They have achieved a daily attendance rates of 94/95% frequently this year with a high of 96%
• There have been days when 17 of the classes were at 100% attendance
- The Hunts Point Halloween Parade: We joined the organizers and participants of the Hunts Point Halloween Parade as they celebrated the parade’s 25th anniversary on October 22nd with the theme, “Honoring the Heroes of Hunts Point.” For many in the South Bronx, the parade represents community and unity as different organizations from all over the Hunts Point neighborhood march together and has a great time. For more pictures CLICK HERE.
- Penny Harvest: Council Member Arroyo joined the PS 154 City Year team as they launched Penny Harvest at her alma mater. The team at PS 154 will be working with their students by converting their natural compassion for others into action by collecting pennies and turning those pennies into grants for community organizations. For more information please visit the Common Cents Penny Harvest website.