Each year, thousands of students in Dallas are at-risk for dropping out of school. Students who drop out are eight times more likely to go to jail and three times more likely to be unemployed. When students drop out of school, it has a lasting impact on our communities.
Through City Year Dallas, dozens of AmeriCorps Members from across the country serve as near-peer mentors in seven Dallas Independent School District schools to motivate and encourage students to graduate.
City Year brings together diverse, talented teams of young adults to serve in high-need schools across the country, where they support students, teachers and schools all day, every day. City Year AmeriCorps members build strong, “near-peer” relationships with students and provide academic and social-emotional support, while serving as essential resources to the school to boost student learning and achievement. Through their work in schools and communities, City Year AmeriCorps members not only make a difference in the lives of students they serve, but also acquire valuable skills that prepare them to become the next generation of civically-engaged leaders.1
Ali is an AmeriCorps Student Success Coach through City Year Dallas at Maple Lawn Elementary School. “I really wanted to get involved with City Year because I graduated from a Dallas ISD school, and I understand that there are a lot of struggles going into public school,” says Ali. “Teachers don’t have time to address every single issue that they face. As a Student Success Coach, I’m really able to help the students and get to know them and let them know that there is one person other than the teacher that is there cheering them on and wishing the best for them.”
63% of Dallas County high school graduates aren’t prepared for college or career. That’s why United Way is committed to investing in local programs like City Year Dallas to make certain all North Texas children have the chance to reach their full potential. Supporting City Year is just one way we’re treating 360 degrees of need in North Texas. Learn more about our work here.