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City Year Chicago

The heartbeat of the Midwest, Chicago has always attracted young people to its shores and skyscrapers. AmeriCorps members here are inspired to help students build on their strengths, take risks in their learning and feel connected to their school communities.

We are working to address the lack of equitable access to educational opportunities. Our City Year Chicago AmeriCorps members partner with teachers and schools to add more support and to help create learning environments where all students can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning.

Accelerating academic growth in Chicago

  • 59% of students tutored by City Year met or exceeded one year of growth in English Language Arts
  • 54% of students tutored by City Year met or exceeded one year of growth in mathematics

Ensuring more students are on track to high school graduation

Research shows that even academically prepared students are at risk of falling off track. We supported students, ensuring that:

  • 88% of students stayed on track in English Language Arts with a C or higher
  • 90% of students stayed on track in mathematics with a C or higher

Advancing interpersonal and workforce readiness skills

  • 63% of students who were identified as needing support made significant progress on key social-emotional skills related to college and career readiness

Partnering with teachers and principals

  • 86% of partner teachers agree that City Year AmeriCorps members fostered a positive learning environment for learning
  • 93% of partner principals agree that City Year AmeriCorps members serve as positive role models

Sullivan has made dramatic gains in our freshmen on-track rates in the six years since our City Year partnership began from 60% to 90%. This wouldn’t have happened without City Year.

Chad Adams Principal, Sullivan High School

Benefits & Resources

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Our Impact

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Our Impact

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Our Impact

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Contributing to a clearer, bolder vision

of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration and risk-taking, where every student feels safe and connected to the school community.

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Meet our corps

More than AmeriCorps members positively impact students in Chicago.

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Our partners

Everything we do—every student and AmeriCorps member we support—would not be possible without our partners.

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City Year enables the leaders of tomorrow to impact our communities today. Join us in helping all students thrive.

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