Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate at Summer Academy 2018

Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate at Summer Academy 2018

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At City Year, we believe that every child has the potential to succeed.

At the same time, we recognize that many children face obstacles that interfere with their ability to arrive at school every day ready to learn. More than 10 million children live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty and are more than two times more likely to face adverse childhood experiences, including trauma and toxic stress. Nationally, students in these circumstances graduate high school at rates that are nearly 22 percentage points lower than their middle- and upper income peers.

Research shows that providing students with positive caring adult relationships at school, individualized academic supports and opportunities to develop social-emotional skills like self-management, optimistic thinking and decision making can keep students on track to high school graduation and adult success. Despite the often heroic efforts of teachers and administrators, schools in high poverty communities require additional capacity to provide students with the skills they need to become engaged citizens and productive members of the labor force.

At City Year, we partner with high need schools to help bridge the gap between what their students need and what schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, we’re helping students succeed in school and in life.

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