City Year Seattle/ King County would like to officially welcome our 2011 – 2012 corps!
Each year the corps grows stronger and the City Year Seattle/King County 2011-2012 corps is certainly no exception. Our new corps clearly demonstrates the continued momentum felt throughout the 21 national and two international City Year sites. Their enthusiasm and experience will help to empower their service through the duration of the year as mentors and tutors in six of Seattle’s public schools. This year’s partner schools include Aki Kurose Middle School, Dearborn Park Elementary School, Denny International Middle School, Roxhill Elementary School, West Seattle High School and Wing Luke Elementary School.
Our corps’ backgrounds are diverse, hailing from 27 states in all! They are tied by the commonality of extensive volunteer experience and a commitment to service. Made up of seven recent high school graduates and 46 college graduates, this year’s corps includes individuals with teaching experience, first generation college graduates, ACLU national award recipients, ultimate frisbee national champions and an elected official!
In the 2011-2012 academic year, corps members will impact the whole school population of our six partner schools (over 3,500 students), provide classroom support for over 600 students, and spend at least 2.5 hours of one-on-one tutoring with over 300 students who are highly at risk of dropping out of school. Within our focus groups of students, we expect at least 50% will improve their academic performance with the help of a City Year corps member. With such a diverse, motivated and hardworking corps, we are already on track towards meeting our ambitious goals this year.
Welcome, City Year Seattle/King County 2011 – 2012 corps, we can’t wait to see the impact you’ll make in the lives of Seattle students!
*Text by Senior Corps Member Denise Rene Taylor