City Year Kansas City celebrated its Opening Day on Thursday, September 14 at Central Academy of Excellence. City Year members, KCPS staff and community partners came together to celebrate the start of a new school year full of promise and success.
Opening Day ceremonies are the literal and symbolic beginning to a new year of helping students change their educational outcomes and their futures as a whole. During the program, the 2017-2018 AmeriCorps members took their Oath of Service and enjoyed comments from guest speakers including Central Academy of Excellence Principal Anthony Madry.
“City Year members are a vital part of the Central family,” Madry said. “They are invested in the success of the school and have built strong bonds with many of our students. Their dedication is a complement to the dedication of our staff.”
City Year operates in five KCPS middle and high schools. Born out of the desire to bridge the gap in education between what a teacher can provide and what a student actually needs, City Year’s AmeriCorp members are ages 18 to 24 years old. They provide a younger peer-to-peer intervention where they partner with at-risk schools to help bridge that gap so students reach their full potential and graduate high school.