By Kaitlin Colleary, Individual Giving Manager
The holiday season is a constant reminder of how truly generous our community can be. We see this generosity on the streets of Boston: volunteers collecting spare change for struggling families or gathering canned goods for local food pantries. We also witness compassion and kindness every day in our schools: a student holding the door open for a peer, or a sharing her favorite snack with a friend at lunchtime. This year, I want to give our community and the students of Boston a present that truly matters.
What’s one of the greatest gifts you could give a child?
A corps member who cares for and supports them in five unique ways.
1) Students in schools with corps members have access to a mentor every day. As near peer role-models, corps members have the ability to connect with a wide range of students and inspire them to believe in themselves.
2) Students receive attendance monitoring and positive behavior encouragement. Corps members lead energetic morning greetings, make calls home if students are absent, and share success stories with parents. Last year, at the Mattahunt Elementary School, 75 percent of students who received ongoing support from a City Year Boston corps member improved their attendance rate by an average of 5.1 percent. This resulted in 55 hours (or 9 days) of additional learning time per student.
3) Corps members collaborate with teachers to provide instrumental support in the classroom. They engage in a unique partnership with educators to tackle behavioral challenges and provide small group tutoring in English and math.
4) City Year provides extended day learning programs. Studies show that students are more likely to be involved in dangerous activities after regular school hours. Corps members organize programs to provide a safe and structured alternative after-school space.
5) Corps members make learning fun and are committed to each child’s individual success. They are trained and equipped with engaging strategies to meet every student’s learning needs and continue to surprise us with their creative mentoring and tutoring ideas throughout the year.
I hope you will follow the links above to read inspiring stories of our corps members, the children they believe in, the strength and diversity of their teams, and the invaluable service they provide to the students of Boston. Your gift to City Year will ensure our corps members can continue to support their students and Boston school communities.
Please consider supporting this crucial work with an investment in City Year Boston this holiday season. To donate securely online or learn about other ways to support City Year, visit our website.