City Year, an AmeriCorps program, is a mission-based organization with one goal in mind: Challenge the educational status quo with tenacity, passion and empathy—With a focus on creating environments where young people feel like they belong so they can fulfill their potential. With 29 sites nationwide in 21 states, Chicago serves as one of the largest sites with 170 AmeriCorps members serving and supporting over 15,000 students in 27 schools within Chicago Public Schools.
Issues of societal inequity manifest because of inequitable access to educational opportunities. Research shows that children living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty experience more trauma and graduate high school at rates that are nearly 22 percentage points lower than their middle/upper-income peers. Yet districts serving the largest populations of low-income and Black and Hispanic/Latino(a) students receive significantly less state and local funding.
With disparities in the educational system, City Year Chicago aspires to impact learning environments by providing equitable resources and supports to students living in our most under-resourced communities to help them remain on-track and achieve success on their pathway towards post-secondary education and careers. Join Myetie Hamilton, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of City Year Chicago, and Michael Alter, President of Alter Group, Owner of the Chicago Sky, and founding member of the City Year Chicago Board, for a conversation on the impact City Year has on its students and AmeriCorps members and how corporate partners can collaborate in cultivating the next generation of Chicago’s change agents.
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