Dear Friends, 

As we go into the holiday season, I want you to know how grateful we are for your donation to City Year.  Every day, City Year AmeriCorps Members are spending quality one-on-one time investing in students. This would not be possible without your investment in us. Your contribution to City Year is making a lasting impact on students in Little Rock. Thank you for being a part of our community. 

With gratitude and appreciation,

Sarah Roberson

Vice President & Executive Director


Letters from Students


Below are excerpts from letters and a poem written by students who have worked with City Year.

J.A. Fair High School: “I was doing bad in school, my grades were bad … after a month of after-school tutoring my grades dramatically went up … the City Year staff helped me through it. If I ever have any questions about anything I know I can come to them. City Year are great people. We need more people around the campus like them. Much love and appreciation for City Year.”

Cloverdale Middle School: “I would just like to thank you for help at the homework help and everything else. Ms. Sydney (Team Leader) I think that you are a wonderful leader. I say that because you watch out for your City Years like they are your brothers and sisters. Ms. Grace you are a good help too.”

Mabelvale Elementary School:
Cares for others
Truthful no matter what they do
Yourself no matter what people tell or say to you
Experts at what they do
Awesome and cool
Responsible and respectable

Hall High School:  “There is something really special and noble about how City Year volunteers do what they are doing … They are literally giving a portion of their lives in order for others to become better versions of themselves … They remind me that I don’t have to have superpowers to become a hero, sometimes an energetic and empowering chant will do … I can’t thank them enough for their kind hearts and brilliant minds.”

Baseline Elementary School: “I love City Year because it is fun and it help [sic] me to learn…and be kind, safe.”

McClellan High School: “Thank you. I appreciate everything you have done for me and also other students … Keep doing what your [sic] doing.”

“Even if you are not in the 9th grade, City Year will still help you. I’m in the 10th grade now at Hall High School and if I need help because I do not understand what my teachers are telling me, I can always count on City Year.”

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Jasmine Sloan

Jasmine is currently serving her first year at Mabelvale Elementary School.

Jasmine S.JPGWhy did you choose to join City Year Little Rock?
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. I enjoy working with youth because they are eager to learn despite what is going on in their personal lives. Since my freshmen year at Philander Smith College I have been in contact with a Southern Region representative for City Year, and listening to the stories of how City Year is making a huge impact on students’ lives truly inspired me.

How has City Year affected you so far?
City Year has made a positive impact on me, getting out of my comfort zone and entering my challenge zone. Working from sunrise to sunset seems tough, but when there is a supportive team in your corner and you are doing what you love, it makes the day seem shorter.

Give an example of how your service has had a positive impact.
I like being able to confidently tutor the students. One way I have seen a positive impact is when students take information and help another student, or tell their teacher what they know now.

Tell about a struggle you are facing as an AmeriCorps member.
A struggle is being in “City Year mode” throughout the day. Being able to find a healthy balance of work and personal life has been tough for me, because I am usually full of ideas and want to put the ideas into action even when I am not working.

What has been your favorite moment as an AmeriCorps member?
Every day since being at my school site I have watched the students’ desire to learn increase. Seeing the students’ faces light up when they are able to figure out a problem or read a passage fluently makes my day.


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