City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members are serving full-time at Andrew Jackson High School and Matthew Gilbert Middle School during the 2012-2013 school year. Teams of 10 City Year members per school are collaborating with teachers and other organizations to address struggles with attendance, behavior, and course performance in English and math – all areas that research shows leads to a significantly higher rate of dropping out.
City Year members serve as tutors, mentors, and role models in their schools.
They provide whole class support, and targeted interventions for students who are sliding off track. City Year also supports school climate and culture initiatives and afterschool programs. Above all else, they work to leverage their “near peer” relationships with the students to move them on track, and then keep them there.
City Year Jacksonville’s 20 AmeriCorps members have each committed to serve over 1700 hours from July 31-June 7. Several of them will have worked closer to 2000 hours by the time their service term is completed.
This year, City Year members will support over 700 students through whole class initiatives and provide Tier 2 level supports to over 160 students.
For their outstanding work in helping students achieve their educational goals, City Year Jacksonville is receiving the HandsOn Literacy Award at this year’s Celebrate!GOOD, April 18, 2013.