The grant will enable the organization to expand its efforts in the twenty-six cities where it already is working with school districts and community leaders to raise achievement in low-performing schools. With input from the foundation, City Year will select up to twenty-four schools in those communities and work with them to update their afterschool curriculum, provide staff training, and pilot the enhanced program prior to its full launch. As part the effort, City Year corps members will work to provide a safe and structured environment in which middle school students can continue to build their academic skills and engage in activities that promote their development. After it is fully scaled, the program is expected to benefit as many as a hundred and fifty thousand middle school students.
"City Year's mission and the New York Life Foundation's focus are clearly aligned. We see the need to do more to keep middle school students in school and on track to graduate," said Marlyn Torres, senior program officer at the foundation. "We invested in City Year because they have a successful track record of helping students improve their attendance, behavior, and course performance — all of which are proven indicators of a student's likelihood to graduate from high school."