City Year's flagship student intervention and support model for school service - called Whole School, Whole Child (WSWC) - deploys diverse teams of corps members to high-poverty schools in our nation's most underserved urban school communities. Serving full-time in grades 3-9, corps members help improve student attendance, behavior, and course performance -which research confirms are the early warning indicators of a student's likelihood to graduate from high school. The WSWC model offers students and schools a holistic portfolio of research-based academic interventions, extended learning programs, and activities that foster a school-wide climate of achievement. As tutors, mentors, and role models, City Year Milwaukee's group of 70 corps members make a difference in the lives of children and transform eight Milwaukee Public Schools. From the first bell until the last student leaves an after-school program, corps members are a constant adult presence in the lives of students. Corps members serve on highly visible, uniformed teams and provide a powerful, dynamic presence in a school and an example of teamwork and inclusivity. City Year corps members are diverse: racially, socioeconomically, educationally, geographically and in age (between 17 and 24). This diversity helps students learn to connect with people different from themselves and find role models from a variety of backgrounds. Young adult corps members forge meaningful relationships with students. The culture and values of a City Year team infuse energy, spirit, and contribute to a climate of achievement. City Year Milwaukee's Whole School, Whole Child program is a critical resource for schools, as few organizations are present in the schools from before the first bell rings until the end of the afterschool program, providing consistent tutoring, mentoring and meaningful after-school programming.
City Year?s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. City Year fulfills this mission by focusing its service on education and helping kids graduate from high school, ready for college and career. City Year unites highly motivated, young individuals (a.k.a. corps members) to serve for a year in some of our nation?s highest-need urban schools. Corps members come from diverse ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service, leadership development and civic engagement. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders are deployed in teams to high-poverty, urban schools to make a difference in the lives of underserved children and youth.