City Year New Hampshire (CYNH) is excited to be back in school and ready to integrate this year’s team in to the school community. In efforts to continue our strong partnerships with staff, teachers, and parents, we will be sending out this monthly newsletter to share information about City Year and the team of AmeriCorps members who serve in your school. If you have thoughts about the type of information you would like to receive from this newsletter, please contact CYNH Impact Manager, Yessi Garcia.
|CITY YEAR NEW HAMPSHIRE UPDATES|
On Monday, August 8th, CYNH kicked off our 17th year by welcoming 70 idealistic and motivated young people to Manchester for a year of full time service as dedicated AmeriCorps members. These individuals came from all over the country, from as far away as Beaverton, OR to as close as Auburn, NH.
This year, CYNH AmeriCorps members will partner with classroom teachers and school staff to serve over 4,000 students in the Manchester School District, serving in 70 3rd - 5th grade classrooms across eight Title I schools. They join over 3,000 City Year members across the country who will be working in similar high-need schools with 3rd to 9th grade students. City Year will collectively serve in 292 schools, impacting over 296,000 students in 27 U.S. locations.
PREPARING FOR SERVICE: BASIC TRAINING ACADEMY
Basic Training Academy (BTA) starts in August, a month or so before AmeriCorps members serve in the classroom. Whether or not they have worked with students before, CYNH provides an in-depth training to supply each individual with the skills and tools to be a successful City Year AmeriCorps member, ready to go in the schools the first day of school. During BTA, corps members begin acclimating to their new city, learn about AmeriCorps and City Year as national organizations, and prepare for their time in the classroom.
Training and outings included:
- Welcome and community overview from Manchester Police Chief Willard
- Introduction to City Year culture, standards, and the Whole School Whole Child service model
- Youth Development, Building Student Relationships
- Understanding School Culture & Climate, Cultivating the Corps Member & Teacher Relationship
- A presentation by International Institute of NH Refugee Resettlement about their work in the community
- A visit to the Currier Museum of Art and weekend trips to the White Mountains and Hampton Beach
City Year New Hampshire held our Opening Day Ceremony on Friday, Sept. 9, at Manchester City Hall. Governor Maggie Hassan, Mayor Ted Gatsas, Chief of Police Nick Willard, Parker-Varney Principal Amy Allen and 4th grader Emily, and others joined City Year AmeriCorps members as they officially kicked off their year of full-time service in eight Manchester elementary schools. Read more about the event and enjoy photos here.
As a part of the Ceremony, each City Year AmeriCorps member introduced themselves and shared their motivation for service, which included inspiration from past experiences, challenges they see in our current world, and hope for a better future. Meet the 2016-2017 City Year New Hampshire corps and learn what motivated them to serve a year with City Year.
|WHOLE SCHOOL WHOLE CHILD
City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. The City Year service model, Whole School Whole Child, is designed to provide a holistic approach in support of students by focusing on attendance, socioemotional skills, and academics, and the school by promoting a positive school culture and learning environment. The model is grounded in the data-informed Response to Intervention (RTI) framework and provides an opportunity to identify students who show early indicators of being off track and at risk for dropping out (i.e. chronic absence, negative behavior, or below grade level performance in math or English).
City Year believes that every child has the potential to learn, and with the right supports at the right time, can stay on track to graduate from high school. Through their service in eight elementary schools (Bakersville, Beech, Gossler Park, Hallsville, Henry Wilson, McDonough, Northwest and Parker-Varney), the City Year members work to increase students' confidence, motivation, study skills, and community engagement.
Through City Year New Hampshire's work this year:
- 4,065 students are greeted on their way into school in the morning
- 1,600 students receive whole class support
- 420 students receive one-on-one/small group tutoring in English and Language Arts
- 280 students receive one-on-one/small group tutoring in Math
- 280 students are enrolled in the 50 Acts of Leadership Program to support their positive behavior
- 210 students are receiving support in their attendance
- 32 whole-school events, including in-school programs and family nights, engage the school community
|AMERICORPS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT|
Each month, get to know an AmeriCorps member from our City Year team on a more personal level.
Rachael Gottlieb, 4th grade with Ms. Doherty
“I serve because every child deserves to know their full potential and worth. Every child can grow up to achieve their dreams.”
My name is Rachael Gottlieb and I proudly serve with the Hallsville Hawks! I am originally from Readington, NJ. This past May I graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, where I double majored in Communication Arts and History. I have performed community service and worked with elementary age children in several states ranging from Pennsylvania to Tennessee, and have worked as a writing tutor for my peers. I also worked in professional social media and as a radio DJ for three years each. I love music, reading, and learning about different cultures and places, and I hope to spread these aspects that have brought so much joy to my life to all of the people I work with in City Year. A goal of mine is to build a career in public service. I believe that City Year is the perfect organization for me to begin this career. City Year’s core value of idealism resonates with me on a very strong level, in that I believe that the world can become a better place for future generations through positive attitudes and community building. Through City Year, I believe that I can play a role in making these idealistic viewpoints become realities in the form of inspiring a sense of self-worth and strong leadership in our community’s children. Serving with City Year will not only prepare me for my future career plans, but also allow me to play a part in making better happen in the community right now and in years to come.
I am so excited to serve with Ms. Doherty's 4th grade class this year. One of my greatest joys so far has been seeing my students' faces light up after they complete an assignment they didn't previously think they were capable of doing. I know there will be many more moments like this and I cannot wait for them!
|TEAM AND PARTNERSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
The City Year team had a busy month – here are some highlights:
- The team will be supporting the Million Word Challenge, a schoolwide reading initiative that encourages time spent reading on a monthly basis, with students completing their READO (Reading BINGO) cards.
Recognition for “star readers” who cover their full cards.
City Year will help encourage reading in our classrooms but also other grade levels and to help be positive role models and celebrating this school initiative.
We are very excited to participate in the Million Word Challenge with the students.
- The City Year Hallsville Team is also excited to support the school’s The Leader In Me program based on timeless universal principles to build leadership skills in each adult and student in the school through the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Throughout the school year, City Year will support the students to be given opportunities in which they could become leaders and role models to the rest of their peers.
The Hallsville Team on Opening Day.
Front (L to R): Rachael Gottlieb, Kimi Kehr, Megan Klok, Lysette Valencia Back (L to R): James Butrico, Jamie Gallup, Arthur Lyon
|APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE|
We would like to appreciate our partner teachers for welcoming us with open arms. They are a huge asset to our AmeriCorps Members’ success. Not only do they inspire, guide, enlighten and motivate students they also encourage, influence and praise our AmeriCorps Members. Thank you!