City Year Columbus
Who We Are: City Year Columbus is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with Columbus City Schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.
What We Do: City Year Columbus’ Whole School Whole Child program is an innovative approach to supporting at-risk students in Columbus City Schools. City Year Columbus places teams of AmeriCorps members in seven Columbus City Schools where they serve all day, every day as tutors, mentors, and role models. City Year AmeriCorps members lead
individualized interventions in attendance, behavior, math, and English and provide holistic support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate. Additionally, City Year AmeriCorps members lead after-school programming, provide whole school support, plan community and family engagement events, participate in school committees, and more.
Why We're Important: Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University states that students likely to drop out can be identified as early as the sixth grade based on 3 early warning indicators: inconsistent attendance, disruptive behavior, and poor performance in math and English. City Year Columbus works with schools and teachers to determine which students are most in need of extra help and uses a data-driven plan to support these students. Because City Year AmeriCorps members serve every day, they become an important part of the school community, forming trusting relationships with students that are the foundation of City Year Columbus’ work.
How We Impact the Community: During the 2017-2018 school year, City Year AmeriCorps members impacted over 3,900 students and led individualized interventions with 693 students. They provided 1,328 hours of behavior support and mentoring, 5,482 hours of literacy tutoring, 5,464 hours of math intervention time, and 518 hours of attendance coaching. Of the students who completed City Year programming, 77% showed improvement on end-of-year assessments in math and 77% showed improvement on end-of-year assessments in English. City Year Columbus had over 110 students regularly attending after-school programming and hosted 60 school events and initiatives.
How You Can Help: Every dollar raised and every hour served has a clear impact on students. We rely on the generous contributions from our donors and community partners to continue providing students in Columbus City Schools with the support they need to stay on track toward graduation. Donations to City Year Columbus go directly towards our programming and support the teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serving in our 7 partner schools. We also have many opportunities to volunteer with our AmeriCorps members and students. For more information, contact Ruth Loma.
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Executive Director: Tasha Booker
Development Director: Ruth Lomax
Board Chair: Heather Svetek, Huntington