City Year Baton Rouge receives ‘Best of City Year’ honor

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City Year Baton Rouge, a nationwide education-focused nonprofit fueled by national service, received The Stephen G. Woodsum ‘Best of City Year’ award from City Year Inc. in Boston on July 12.

City Year bridges the gap in urban communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. As a result, City Year helps students reach their full potential to ensure they graduate high school ready for college or career. 

This past school year, 93 City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members served as tutors, mentors and role models for more than 5,200 students.

City Year Baton Rouge partnered with 11 Baton Rouge Schools: Broadmoor Middle, Broadmoor High, Capitol Middle, Celerity Crestworth, Celerity Dalton, Celerity Lanier, Claiborne Elementary, Democracy Prep, Kenilworth Science and Technology, Melrose Elementary, and Merrydale Elementary.

The ‘Best of City Year’ award recognizes City Year Baton Rouge’s service impact during the 2016-2017 school year which includes:

70 percent of students tutored increased their English Language Arts scores on benchmark assessments.

50 percent of students mentored who started the year chronically absent increased their average daily attendance rate to 90 percent or above by end of year.

93 percent of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that City Year provides essential academic support their students wouldn’t otherwise receive.

94 percent of principals agreed or strongly agreed that City Year helped to improve students’ active engagement in learning. 

“City Year Baton Rouge is a valued partner of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Its dedicated AmeriCorps members are in our schools each and every day to help our students succeed. We commend City Year for its commitment to serving students in this community,” said East Baton Rouge Schools Superintendent Warren Drake.

City Year Baton Rouge was selected along with seven other City Year sites among 28 sites across the country for the annual award.

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