City Year

City Year Helps Students and Schools Succeed

In California, 495 City Year AmeriCorps members are serving at 48 schools reaching more than 39,710 students in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San José/Silicon Valley in 2017.

City Year’s Approach is Based on Research

City Year’s service model is based on research indicating that students who are at greatest risk of dropping out can be identified as early as in the sixth grade. By partnering with teachers and principals to deliver individual student, classroom and whole-school supports, City Year AmeriCorps members help to bridge the gap between what students need and what most schools are designed and resourced to provide. Diverse, trained teams of City Year AmeriCorps members work in public schools fulltime, becoming integrated into the fabric of the school and increasing the ratio of adults to students. City Year AmeriCorps members make positive connections with students, encourage them to come to school every day, and provide evidence-based academic supports for students who exhibit one or more “early warning indicators:” low attendance, poor behavior or course failure in English or math. Research shows that preventing one or more of these warning signs makes it three times more likely that a student will graduate, dramatically improving his or her lifetime trajectory. Using data, City Year AmeriCorps members provide the right interventions to the right students at the right time while also helping schools reach their vision of educational excellence for all students.


City Year Creates Career Pathways for Tomorrow’s Teachers

By recruiting young talent from across the U.S. to serve in urban schools, City Year provides a path for City Year AmeriCorps alumni to continue to live and work in California. City Year is building pathways for future educators, with 50 percent of City Year AmeriCorps members expressing interest in pursuing a teaching career. City Year has become a leading source of talent for teacher residencies and alternative teacher preparation programs.


City Year is a Cost-Effective Strategy to Achieve Results

Research by economists at Columbia University shows that every $1 invested in national service programs like City Year yields a nearly four-to-one return to society in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other communitywide benefits. In this austere economic environment, this proven return on investment is critical to addressing mounting needs at low cost.

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City Year Schools in California

Los Angeles Schools

109th Street Elementary School
122nd Street Elementary School
93rd Street Elementary School
99th Street Elementary School
Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy
Belmont High School
George Washington Carver Middle School
William Jefferson Clinton Middle School
Compton Avenue Elementary School
Figueroa Street Elementary School
Hollenbeck Middle School

Thomas Jefferson High School
John Liechty Middle School
Jordan High School
Manual Arts High School
Markham Middle School
Mendez High School
Nava College Prep
Normandie Avenue ES
New Open World Academy
Roosevelt High School
Santee Education Complex
Robert L. Stevenson Middle School
Virgil Middle School
Gompers Middle School
Obama Global Prep Academy
107th Street Elementary School
Sal Castro Middle School

Sacramento Schools

Father Keith B. Kenny School
Fern Bacon Middle School
Leataata Floyd Elementary
Oak Park Preparatory Academy
Oak Ridge Elementary School
Rosa Parks K-8 School
Sacramento Charter High School

San José/Silicon Valley Schools

Clyde L. Fischer Middle School
Ocala Middle School
Aptitud Community at Goss K-8
Clyde Arbuckle Elementary School

Donald J. Meyer Elementary School
Ryan Elementary School
San Antonio Elementary School
Sylvia Cassell Elementary School
Overfelt High School
Lee Mathson Middle School
A. J. Dorsa Elementary School
Horace Cureton Elementary School
Cezar Chavez Elementary School

Federal Government is a Key Partner

AmeriCorps, a national service program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, enables City Year and its partner communities to engage young Americans in intensive, evidence-based service. The modest federal investment in AmeriCorps, which amounts to only .01 percent of the federal budget overall, is highly leveraged to ensure maximum return on federal spending. This partnership with the federal government enables low-performing schools to leverage the additional person power AmeriCorps members provide to implement locally selected evidence-based school improvement strategies. In fact, one in every four low-performing schools is served by AmeriCorps.

Nationwide, nearly 12,000 public, parochial and charter schools are served by national service members, including 720 charter schools served by more than 3,300 national service members.

Federal investments in education, including Title I, enable City Year to partner with districts and schools to implement their vision for educational excellence. Funding for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment and Education Innovation and Research grants, which were authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act, will be critical to enabling City Year to continue to deepen its service and impact in partner schools.

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