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.