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.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (Ward 6); Anacostia High School (Ward 8); Cardozo Education Campus (Ward 1); Chavez Public Charter School, Education Campus (Ward 7); Garfield Elementary School (Ward 8); Kelly Miller Middle School (Ward 7); Ketcham Elementary School (Ward 8); Kimball Elementary School (Ward 7); King Elementary School (Ward 8); Leckie Elementary School (Ward 8); Patterson Elementary School (Ward 8); Plummer Elementary School (ward 7); Savoy Elementary School (Ward 8); Stanton Elementary School (Ward 8); Thomas Elementary School (Ward 7)

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) your organization serves annually:   4,125 students
  • Number of volunteers who work with your organization annually:   169 full-time AmeriCorps corps members
  • Number of hours of volunteer work you record annually:  
    Our 169 full-time corps members volunteer over 268,600 hours annually
  • Academic success level of your students (% performing at or above grade level, etc):  
    90% of K-5th grade students who received literacy tutoring from corps members improved their literacy raw scores on either the DIBELS or TRC literacy assessments. 56% of those students improved an entire proficiency level.
  • Academic success level of your students (% performing at or above grade level, etc):  
    89% of teachers agree or strongly agree that corps members improved the academic performance of the students they worked with and 84% of teachers agree or strongly agree that corps members provide essential academic supports that their students wouldn't o

Awards & Recognition

2006 Leadership Washington’s Community Partnership Award 2006 Best of City Year (National Award)
2007 Best of City Year (National Award)
2008 Best of City Year (National Award)
2009 Best of City Year (National Award)
2010 Best of City Year (National Award)
2011 Best of City Year (National Award)


Budget (FY2015)

  • The current budget for City Year Washington, DC is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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