WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) experienced a “day in the life” of a City Year Volunteer working at Hamilton STEM Academy in Linden today. City Year enlists young people from across the nation to serve as mentors and tutors in underserved schools, helping students stay on track and giving young people leadership opportunities.
“City Year enlists young people to help bridge the gap between education and opportunity that all too often plagues our communities,” Brown said. “That’s why I introduced the Youth Corps Act which would expand Youth Corps programs, like City Year to help communities reach more school children and get them back on track with their education.”
Brown visited Hamilton STEM Academy in Linden to tour the school and meet with City Year Corps members from Cleveland and Columbus as well as students at the school. Before the tour, Brown convened a roundtable with City Year Corps members and administration and community leaders. Brown also sat in on a classroom and joined a one-on-one tutoring session.
During the roundtable, Brown outlined details of legislation he has authored, the Youth Corps Act, which would expand Youth Corps programs throughout the nation. The bill would amend the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to establish a competitive grant program to assist states and local communities in replicating and expanding Youth Corps Programs.
There are 20 City Year sites across the country, including Columbus and Cleveland. The organization’s goal is to reach 50 percent of the at-risk students in the urban districts where they serve, getting them back on track toward academic success and high school graduation.
City Year Columbus is now in its 17th year of serving the Columbus community. Long-term, City Year Columbus is working to grow to as many as 200 corps members in more than 25 Columbus City Schools. Along with Hamilton STEM Academy, Corps members serve in two other Columbus public schools: Weinland Park Elementary School and Linden-McKinley STEM Academy.
City Year Cleveland (CYC) was launched in September 1996 as a legacy project of the Cleveland Bicentennial Commission. CYC’s primary service partner is the Cleveland Metropolitan School District - corps members spend approximately 70 percent of their service hours in schools as tutors and classroom assistants. CYC is currently partnered with the following schools: East Technical High School, Glenville High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Thomas Jefferson Ninth Grade Academy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt PreK-8 Academy
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