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City Year recognizes that many children face obstacles that interfere with their ability to arrive at school every day ready to learn and achieve at high levels. Research shows that providing students with a positive relationship with a caring adult at school, individualized academic supports, and opportunities to develop social-emotional skills can dramatically improve students’ readiness to learn, and help keep students on track to high school graduation and adult success.

Great teachers are critical - and many students need more than a good lesson every day. There is a significant gap between the personalized support students need and what most schools have the capacity to provide. By partnering with teachers and principals to deliver individual student, classroom and whole-school support, City Year helps to bridge that gap.

In Orlando, diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serve in eight Title I Orange County Partner Schools partner schools alongside teachers, connecting with students and providing evidence-based, integrated academic and social-emotional supports to help students and schools succeed. Central to this approach are the relationships City Year AmeriCorps members cultivate with students, which research shows to be associated with multiple character strengths, including motivation to learn and personal responsibility.

City Year provides a “double bottom line” by impacting students as well as AmeriCorps members. City Year Orlando not only transforms the future of young students, but also develops its 80 AmeriCorps members as engaged citizens equipped with the passion, skills and courage to continue making a difference long after their year of service. City Year Orlando strategically motivates, supports, and challenges AmeriCorps members to develop the skills to become effective leaders in the community and the workplace, building a pipeline of committed citizens. As our next generation of young leaders, AmeriCorps members help build a stronger democracy and a more competitive workforce.