150 young professionals celebrate the hard work of City Year Chicago corps members who help 4,200 Chicago students succeed.
Online PR News – 31-October-2012 – CHICAGO, IL – On the evening of Thursday, October 18, 2012, 150 of Chicago’s most active and involved young professionals joined the City Year Chicago Associate Board to celebrate the hard work and dedication of City Year Chicago’s red-jacketed corps members at the annual Wine & Stein fundraising event.
The event took place from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Mars Gallery, located at 1139 W. Fulton Market in Chicago, IL. The event was catered by the Duck n’ Roll Food Truck and Chicago Cupcake Food Truck.
City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. City Year AmeriCorps members commit to a year of full-time service in schools. City Year corps members choose to serve where the need is greatest and help keep student on track to high school graduation.
This year, 188 corps members at City Year Chicago are making a difference in 20 of Chicago’s highest-need schools. Research shows that students at risk of dropping out can be identified as early as sixth grade by three early warning indicators: poor attendance, disruptive behavior, and course failure in math and English. City Year’s Whole School Whole Child model is based on that research, and corps members work with students identified as at-risk. City Year Chicago corps members provide academic support, attendance and positive behavior encouragement, and community and school improvements. They serve as tutors, mentors, and role models to nearly 4,200 students.
Special thanks to the following generous event sponsors who made the event possible: Wintrust (www.wintrust.com), BMO Harris (www.harrisbank.com), PriceWaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com), USA Payday Loan (http://www.usapaydayloan.com), Comcast|NBC5 Chicago (www.comcast.com | www.nbcchicago.com), Solomon Cordwell Buenz (www.scb.com), Northern Trust (www.northerntrust.com), and Katten Muchin Rosenman (www.kattenlaw.com).
Also, special thanks to our food and beverage donors: Peroni Italy, City Winery Chicago, Spindrift Soda, and Cabot Cheese.
About City Year: City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. In communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, this innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full- time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs.
Founded in Boston in 1988, City Year has established programs in 24 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbia, SC, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock/North Little Rock, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Miami, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, New York, Orlando, Greater Philadelphia, Rhode Island, San Antonio, Sacramento, San José/Silicon Valley, Seattle/King County, and Washington, D.C., and international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.