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City Year Columbus

Who We Are: City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full- time service in schools, where they work as tutors, mentors, and role models. Unlike part-time programs, City Year is woven into the fabric of the school, and AmeriCorps members respond in real- time to student academic and social-emotional needs to provide holistic services from bell to bell.

What We Do: City Year’s unique and researched-based program, Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) allows City Year to effectively integrate academic support with social-emotional mentorship, placing authentic relationship building at the center of learning. City Year AmeriCorps members play an integral role in the facilitation of the (WSWC) program by providing much-needed support to identified students across eight Columbus City School (CCS) buildings. This includes offering individualized, data-driven interventions that students need to graduate and make social and economic progress.

Why We’re Important: As Columbus City Schools students return for the 2021-2022 school year for traditional in-person instruction, City Year Columbus is intentionally focused on rebuilding relationships and promoting a sense of belonging and joy at school, offering personalized academic supports, social-emotional mentorship, enrichment opportunities, and leveraging trauma-sensitive supports with students. AmeriCorps members play an integral role as full-time mentors, offering individualized, culturally relevant, and data-driven interventions that place authentic relationship building at the center of learning and help to advance student outcomes.

How We Impact the Community: City Year Columbus partners with Columbus City School buildings that serve students who are 100% economically disadvantaged and 91% students of color. In 2019, three of City Year feeder high schools (Linden McKinley STEM Academy, South High School, Mifflin High School) had graduation rates of 81.5%, 69.9% and 72.2%, respectively, compared to a graduation rate of 81.3% across all Columbus City Schools and 85.9% statewide. This school year, City Year Columbus is expanding the WSWC model into Starling K-8, a school located in the Franklinton area, a traditionally and systemically under resourced neighborhood and a Columbus City School district priority.

How You Can Help: In addition to monetary donations, City Year Columbus has many ways for community members to be involved. Corporate partners and other professionals can mentor AmeriCorps members through the Deloitte Mentoring Program as well as provide professional development to the corps. Interested donors can stock the AmeriCorps pantry and provide items for student hygiene kits. As COVID-19 restrictions change, virtual school tours and morning greetings will be scheduled when possible. Monetary donations can span from less than $50 to over $50,000. Every contribution helps City Year Columbus continue work in the 8 Columbus City Schools sites.

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350 E. 1st Ave, Suite 250, Columbus, OH 43201


Executive Director: Adero Robinson

Managing Director of Development: Ruth Lomax

Board Chair: Josh Cochran, Vice President Commercial Banking Huntington


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