Heading Back to School

Last Thursday, New York City students went back to school and we were excited to share with our community a short video that gives a look at last year’s impact and some of the new innovations that we are bringing to our service this year. Check out the video if you have not seen it yet.

One of the new and exciting announcements in that video is that our corps members will be working on the ABCs in two NYC high schools, implementing Diplomas Now. Diplomas Now is a school turnaround collaboration between City Year corps members, Communities In Schools (CIS) and Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University.

Anna M. Philips, writer at the SchoolBook (a blog that also launched last week by the NYT and WNYC, which will rinclude stories, information, and conversations about NYC schools – If you are interested in education in NYC you should bookmark this site), visited one of these new partnerships, Sheepshead Bay to talk to students and teachers about kicking off the new year. Read full story HERE.

“We have more help this year, and you can’t say no to more help,” he said, gesturing to the City Year members. “The school has been getting better every year, and this will probably take us over the edge. We’ve got a 63 percent graduation rate, and we’re trying to get it to 68 percent this year and then raise it every year.”