As a diverse group of City Year corps members are launching a year of service in high-need urban schools across the country, the organizations recently announced today a national recruitment partnership that will support leadership and professional development opportunities for youth and young adults from diverse, multicultural backgrounds.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) addresses opportunities for greater minority youth involvement in national service and is intended to create opportunities to better prepare and equip minority youth and young adults to become role models, tutors, and mentors to students attending some of the lowest-performing schools in the U.S., by encouraging them to apply to give a year of service through City Year, participate in City Year-led leadership development workshops for collegiate chapter members of Omega Delta Phi and collaborating with City Year staff and corps members across the network to create leadership opportunities for diverse local high school students.
At City Year’s 25 locations across the country, City Year corps members ages 17 to 24, supported by AmeriCorps, serve in high-poverty schools throughout the entire schoolyear, applying the power of national service to help increase student success and close the education achievement gap. Corps members work directly with at-risk children to improve student attendance, behavior, and course performance in English and math which research confirms is a way to significantly increase the urban high school graduation pipeline in America. As near peers working in schools from before the first bell rings and until the last child leaves the after school program, corps members are uniquely able to help students and schools succeed.
About Omega Delta Phi: Omega Delta Phi is a multicultural service/social fraternity committed to graduating its members and serving the community. The Fraternity has established itself on over 60 college campuses, and is predominantly centered in Texas and the Southwest. Since founding in 1987, Omega Delta Phi has been an organization perpetually dedicated to the idea of constant growth and improvement. We must work to form an organization which not only challenges the traditional perception of fraternities, but also deals with the issues of culture and race in a completely new perspective. Thinking out of the box is no longer an acceptable plateau; the box must now be removed completely.
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.