COLUMBUS, OH (August 23, 2018)—Today, 62 City Year Columbus AmeriCorps members began their year of service to make a difference in the lives of nearly 4,000 students in Columbus City Schools at the Opening Day ceremony for City Year Columbus, an education nonprofit dedicated to helping students stay in school and on track to graduate. Opening Day celebrates the start of a new school year across City Year’s national network as 3,200 young professionals begin their year of full-time service as AmeriCorps members in more than 300 schools across the country. These idealistic young adults will provide students with tutoring and in-class support, run extended day programs, and organize school-wide initiatives to increase academic achievement and student engagement.
Members of Columbus City Council and others joined City Year Columbus AmeriCorps members as they kicked off the school year and welcomed students back to school with spirit and pride.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with 7 Columbus City Schools again this year, which is only possible because of the dedication of both Columbus City Schools and our generous community partners. We are so grateful for every individual and organization who has supported City Year Columbus over the past 25 years,” said Tasha Booker, City Year Columbus Executive Director.
This year, City Year AmeriCorps members are serving in a newly redesigned uniform in honor of the national organization’s 30th anniversary. New uniforms are made possible by City Year’s official Apparel Partner Aramark, who is providing significant in-kind support valued at $1.2 million to outfit 3,200 AmeriCorps members with the new uniform—including the signature red jacket—that will better reflect the critical role City Year AmeriCorps members, now called Student Success Coaches, play in schools across the country.
Converse will also be providing every City Year AmeriCorps member with all black Chuck Taylor All Stars as part of the new uniform in celebration of City Year’s 30th anniversary.
City Year Columbus is made possible by a public-private partnership between corporations, philanthropic individuals, Columbus City Schools, ServeOhio, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
About City Year Columbus
City Year Columbus helps students and schools succeed. City Year Columbus places teams of AmeriCorps members in 7 high-need Columbus City Schools where they serve nearly 4,000 students through the Whole School Whole Child Program. City Year Columbus AmeriCorps members provide individualized interventions in attendance, behavior, math, and English and support the whole school and community through events and initiatives. Founded in 1994, City Year Columbus is entering its 25th year of service.
A 2015 study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to two-to-three times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals. City Year Columbus is a proud partner of ServeOhio. Learn more at www.cityyear.org/columbus.