A young person without a high school diploma earns lower wages and is more likely to be unemployed than a high school graduate – and eight times as likely to be incarcerated. City Year Washington, DC recognizes the warning signs (poor attendance, disruptive behavior, failure in math or English) and intervenes early to get at-risk kids on the right track. Roughly 170 professionally trained young adult corps members work as mentors in 16 DC schools, annually reaching 6,500 kids in grades K-12. It’s a high-touch model: calling absent students to encourage them to come to class; tutoring one-on-one; running service projects to help build kids' character and confidence. And it works. In 2015, 90% of kindergartners through fifth graders who were tutored in reading showed improved literacy scores, and 89% of teachers agreed that corps members improved their students' academic performance. For the youth who grow as leaders and change-makers, and for the students who get the care and attention they need, this partnership is win-win – and one worthy of your support.