Living in Orlando
Located in central Florida, Orlando is famously known for being home to the “happiest place on earth”, Walt Disney World. The city also includes Universal Studios Resort, Sea World, Lego Land and more. The consistently warm weather allows for exploration of the many bike paths, parks, natural springs and beaches. Orlando is not just a vacation destination, it is also known for being one of the leading US cities in job growth, attracting some of the largest companies in business and technology, while simultaneously supporting a massive tourism industry. As an economic and cultural hub of the South, Orlando is a melting pot of international culture. Orlando also has many universities, including the University of Central Florida, which has the largest student population in the US. Orlando is a young city, filled with people committed to building community. With a vibrant restaurant and shopping scene, Orlando has something for everyone and is an ideal place for young people to live.
Why We Need You
Despite all that Orlando has to offer, some students in Orlando face considerable challenges every day that can make learning more difficult. As the ninth-largest school district in the country and fourth-largest school district in Florida, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) serves over 200,000 students representing 194 countries and speaking over 170 languages with Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Haitian Creole among the most common. Although OCPS's graduation rate reached an all-time high last year, students in City Year Orlando's eight partner schools are approximately 65% below proficient in Math and English. Throughout our partner schools, there are a significant amount of English Language Learners, along with a large amount of students who frequently move and attend different schools throughout the school year. Intergenerational poverty, homelessness and family engagement are the most critical issues facing students in our partner schools.
How You Can Make a Difference
Given the complex challenges facing students in Orlando, City Year plays a crucial role in supporting students both academically and social-emotionally to ensure all students are on-track to reach graduation on time. City Year AmeriCorps members provide a consistent presence, and add to a school's ability to provide students with a high-quality education that will prepare them to be college and career-ready.
At City Year Orlando, there are plenty of opportunities and resources available to help City Year AmeriCorps members grow professionally and help launch their desired careers. Every year, the Universal Studios Human Resources team visits City Year Orlando to provide mock interviews and resume reviews for AmeriCorps members. Other partners that provide support include Starbucks, Wells Fargo and SeaWorld. City Year Orlando hosts an 18 Minute Networking event each year that connects AmeriCorps members to community leaders in a variety of industries. For those interested in pursuing a career in education, City Year Orlando works closely with OCPS on building a teacher pipeline that connects AmeriCorps members with mentorship and a path to a career at OCPS. City Year Orlando is committed to ensuring all AmeriCorps members receive excellent professional development and management to make sure AmeriCorps members have a successful year of service.
Orlando is in need of talented and passionate young people to help all students reach their full potential. A city full of entertainment and attractions, Orlando offers a wide-range of opportunities for young people. Now more than ever, Orlando is a great place for young people to make their mark and generate long term positive impact in the community.