Dear Friends,

As the leaves fall and the air gets colder I am reminded how grateful I am for the warm community that surrounds City Year. I want to send a sincere thank you to:

  • Our partner teachers, principals, staff, and administrators at the Little Rock School District
  • The remarkable City Year Little Rock Board Members who guide our work with care and responsibility
  • Our generous donors who make our work possible by investing in young people who are committed to students' success
  • My fabulous staff who works hard every day so we can provide excellent service
  • Our rock-star City Year AmeriCorps Members who are spending every day investing in students through thoughtful conversations, tutoring, and celebrating their successes
I am so grateful for this community! We would love for you to come out on Tuesday, November 27th and celebrate Giving Tuesday with us at our Second Annual Giving Tuesday Open House. Bring your friends and family and enjoy meeting our City Year AmeriCorps Members. Please join us to celebrate a national day of philanthropy as you make City Year your holiday giving priority.

With gratitude,

Sarah Roberson
Vice President and Executive Director
Champion Spotlight: Little Rock Kickball Association

School supplies recently donated by the Little Rock Kickball Association
The Little Rock Kickball Association (LRKA) recently had a large scale school supply drive which they donated to City Year Little Rock. Our AmeriCorps Members are already putting the supplies to good use in our six partner schools. Materials donated will be used during more than 10,000 1:1 tutoring sessions in math and Literacy led by AmeriCorps Members as well as benefit the 4,000+ students receiving Whole School Whole Child support.  We are thankful for this community endeavor and for all of the wonderful supplies. Thank you LRKA!
McClellan High School Math and Literacy Game Day

By City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Member Kierra Batemon
The McClellan High School team is planning a math and Literacy Game Day! Ninth grade students who have met attendance requirements will be excused from their third block class to have fun playing math and Literacy games with the City Year team.This event will award students for their attendance, while also letting them have fun and compete for prizes in math and Literacy based games. Game day activities will include Pemdas War, Math Problem Mazes, Noughts and Crosses, Finish My Story, and more. 
ACM Spotlight: Marlie Ball

City Year Little Rock AmeriCorps Member Marlie Ball serves at Cloverdale Middle School
Why did you choose to join City Year Little Rock?
I absolutely love the natural beauty of the state of Arkansas. I also plan on making Little Rock my long term home as I pursue my education and career goals. Once I discovered City Year Little Rock, I knew right away what I could do to make a positive difference.

Talk about your experience traveling away from home.
I am from Arkansas but not from the Little Rock area so it is exciting to experience a different setting. Little Rock has so much to offer, such as outdoor events or live music. The culture and diversity in Little Rock is also refreshing compared to the small town I am from.   

What do you expect to get out of your year of service?
I hope to gain perspective. While I value my education and want to continue learning, I believe the most eye opening experiences come from gaining perspective from others. Being open for discussion in order to obtain insight is such an important virtue and critical to any workforce that wishes to improve and run efficiently.

How has City Year affected you so far?
I have learned to use lots of GERM-X!  I also commonly find myself thinking about my students outside of work. I look forward to hearing about a test they took last week, their weekend, how a volleyball game went, or how they are doing in class.

What has been your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps Member?
My favorite thing about being a part of CYLR has been my team members. It’s incredible how a group of strangers can get along so well. I appreciate each one of them for their passion and dedication to ensure our students succeed.

Tell about a struggle you are facing as an AmeriCorps Member. 
I interact with hundreds of students every day and while I can find ways to motivate most of them, I still struggle to find new ways to reach others.

Give an example of how your service has had a positive impact.
So far I’ve been able to help a lot of my 7th grade students have a better understanding of math, and as a result many have passed their first math test!