$2.9 M Grant Announced To Serve NYC Schools
At Public School 112 in Long Island City, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (D-Queens/Manhattan) announced that City Year New York has received a $2,921,000 AmeriCorps grant from the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. Approximately $552,000 of this award will fund City Year corps members serving in Long Island City schools. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Susan Stern of the state Commission on National & Community Service, Itai Dinour of City Year New York, P.S. 112 Principal Rafael Campos, City Year Corps Members and students joined Maloney at the event.
This grant will support City Year New York’s service programs, which place young adults in under-resourced public schools to serve full-time as tutors and mentors. From the first bell until the last student leaves the after-school program, City Year corps members focus on improving student attendance rates, behavior and course performance in math and English - which research from Johns Hopkins University confirms are indicators of a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school.
The current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive, due to the strong and growing demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources. Organizations requested nearly twice the number of grant dollars and AmeriCorps positions than could be funded.
“With tough budgets in Washington, federal education grants are becoming tougher to secure – which is why I’m so delighted that City Year will be getting $2.9 million to help New York City students. What’s more, $552,000 of this funding will support schools in my district in Long Island City,” Maloney said. “Citizen service is an essential part of the solution to many of the problems facing our city, especially in difficult economic times. Thanks to this grant, City Year corps members will be helping our children learn and strengthening our community as they develop civic and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. I congratulate City Year for receiving this grant and thank the outstanding young people who have answered the call to service by joining AmeriCorps.”
Since 2005, City Year has placed teams of committed young adults in Long Island City schools. This year, 48 City Year corps members will serve full-time in two elementary schools and two middle schools in Long Island City including P.S. 111, P.S. 112, I.S. 126 and I.S. 204 and are partnering with the Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House for after-school time. This program is working to improve both test scores and attendance rates: indeed, students mentored by City Year corps members at P.S. 204 have increased their attendance rates from 77 percent last year to 85 percent this year.
“The receipt of millions of dollars for an essential education initiative like City Year is reason to celebrate, particularly as we continue to struggle with severe budget cuts forced upon us by the difficult economy. I thank Congresswoman Maloney for bringing us together for today’s announcement so we can continue instilling the importance of education in our young people,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said.