Summer heat fuels City Year San Jose’s passion for service

Pictured above is Senior Corps Member Greg Currey working with a student at last year's summer school program. This year, our entire corps will run a summer school at two elementary schools in San Jose where they will serve hundreds of children before school begins.

While the students we serve are lounging poolside and slurping sno-cones, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley has been hard at work. In order to provide our schools with the best possible service, our site has been shaking things up a bit. Take a look at some of the exciting changes we are implementing during our 17th year in San Jose!

More Staff, Greater Impact

Larger Corps-We have increased the number of incoming corps members from 40 in 2009-10 to 55 this year.

More Senior Corps-We ended last year with 4 second-year senior corps members. This year we have 13 SC members that attended Summer Academy: The Art and Science of Leadership, City Year’s annual network-wide training conference held in Boston, Massachusetts in July.

More School Managers-Last year we had 2 Whole School/Whole Child managers overseeing 5 schools. This year we have 1 WSWC manager focusing on each of the five schools.

New Positions, Enhanced Focus-Senior Corps member positions were created this year to help our site maximize efficiency and provide a life-changing experience for students, community members and our own team of dedicated individuals. Project Leaders handle student achievement, attendance and behavior (the ABCs of our “in school and on track” initiative), academic enrichment, civic engagement, recruitment, development, training and Life After City Year (LACY) planning for the corps.

Stepping it up in the Summer Months

New Start Date-Our entire corps will come together a month earlier than any previous year. This will enable us to build relationships with teachers and to train and prepare for service before the school year begins. In years past, we entered schools in mid-to-late September.

Corps-run Summer School During Basic Training Academy-During August training, our corps will run a 7-day summer session to help students shake off the rust and set them up for success during the school year. We are the first site in the nation to do this.

New School Partnerships, and Building Upon Current Ones With Alum Rock School District

On August 25th, our corps will embark on 10 months of in-school service. We are continuing partnerships with Mildred Goss and Cesar Chavez Elementary Schools and Mathson Middle School, and are launching new partnerships with A.J. Dorsa and Horace Cureton Elementary Schools.

All of these schools are located on the East Side of San Jose. These schools were identified as low-performing on established benchmarks such as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports and STAR standardized test scores. This year our corps will work with teachers and staff to not only improve school statistics but to touch the lives of each child they work with.

– Maureen Coulter, Development Project Leader CYSJ

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