As I continue to examine how community writing is supported in urban contexts, I cannot believe I didn’t think to include to City Year. City Year is a program run through AmeriCorps, which gets involved in high-poverty communities to give support in schools. I recently learned about City Year and thought it would be an interesting opportunity to look into post-graduation.

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City Year recognizes the problem of a gap between what schools are designed to do and what students actually need. There are many external factors in under-privledged communities that are stopping students from reaching their full potential. While most schools in America are designed to provide extra support to only 15% of students, 50% or more students in these high-poverty communities need that much support, either academically, socially, or emotionally. This makes for HUGE dropout rates.

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AmeriCorps members are placed in the classrooms of these schools that are the most at-risk, and provide help to the teachers. They also help create a positive and encouraging atmosphere within the school, as well as lead tutoring sessions and after school activities.

The positive impact is shown through the results: Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 4.05.29 PM.png

I would love to look further into specific methods for improving literacy within these classrooms. This is a perfect example of helping to improve literacy in some very at-risk, high-poverty communities. I am very interested in becoming a City Year member in my future!

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