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D161 approves partnership with City Year to provide support for Parker students

At the June 10 Flossmoor District 161 Board of Education meeting, the board approved a partnership with City Year AmeriCorps. 

This potential collaboration was introduced at the May 20 meeting, highlighting City Year’s success in working with students in Chicago and their plans to expand to selected suburban sites. With this approval, Parker Junior High School will serve as a pilot site for the City Year program during the 2024-25 school year. 

The City Year program is a national service initiative through AmeriCorps. It enlists young adults to serve as tutors, mentors, and role models in schools across the United States. Participants are AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service, during which they provide academic support, mentorship and enrichment activities to help students succeed. 

Members will work closely with teachers and school staff to help create a positive school culture and address the individual needs of students. Through their service, AmeriCorps members gain valuable professional and personal development while impacting the communities they serve.

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Eight young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 will mentor students at Parker Junior High and participate in all school activities throughout the entire school year. Each Corps member will be responsible for a caseload of around 20 students, providing daily check-ins, homework help and additional support in their assigned classrooms. 

This collaboration aims to enhance the educational experience and outcomes for students at Parker Junior High School.

The City Year program is estimated to cost $130,000 for the 2024-25 school year. The district plans to fund it using a combination of Title I and ESSER III funds. 

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