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City Year Boston

 287 Columbus Avenue
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 927-2404
[F] --
www.cityyear.org/boston
[email protected]
Meredith Traquina
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INCORPORATED: 1988
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 22-2882549

LAST UPDATED: 12/11/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. City Year unites young individuals from diverse ethnic, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service, leadership development and civic engagement through team-based service to the community. 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 under-served children and youth.

City Year Boston deploys 289 AmeriCorps members to serve full-time in 23 of Boston's lowest-performing schools, in turn serving more than 12,000 students with differentiated attendance, behavior, and coursework initiatives each and every day. 

Mission Statement

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. City Year unites young individuals from diverse ethnic, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service, leadership development and civic engagement through team-based service to the community. 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 under-served children and youth.

City Year Boston deploys 289 AmeriCorps members to serve full-time in 23 of Boston's lowest-performing schools, in turn serving more than 12,000 students with differentiated attendance, behavior, and coursework initiatives each and every day. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $14,933,993.00
Projected Expense $14,484,102.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Whole School Whole Child

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

City Year is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out. City Year unites young individuals from diverse ethnic, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service, leadership development and civic engagement through team-based service to the community. 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 under-served children and youth.

City Year Boston deploys 289 AmeriCorps members to serve full-time in 23 of Boston's lowest-performing schools, in turn serving more than 12,000 students with differentiated attendance, behavior, and coursework initiatives each and every day. 

Background Statement

City Year was founded in 1988 by Michael Brown and Alan Khazei, who felt strongly that young people in service could be a powerful resource for addressing America's most pressing issues. They begun City Year with the conviction that one person can make a difference, and since its inception, City Year has promoted the vision of service as a common expectation – and a real opportunity – for citizens all around the world. City Year’s vision is that one day the most commonly asked question of a young person will be,“Where are you going to do your service year?” City Year has been a leader in the growing national service movement, leading to the establishment of AmeriCorps, the passage of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, and the creation of Voices for National Service. City Year applies the principles of national service to our work with students and, in doing so, builds awareness and support for national and international service initiatives.
 
City Year has grown from its beginnings as a Boston-based pilot program with 50 participants into an international organization engaging over 3,000 corps members in 28 U.S. cities, as well as international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England, each year. Over the past 30 years, more than 30,000 City Year corps members have dedicated a year of full-time service to their communities. Since 2003, City Year has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating, certifying the organization’s commitment to accountability, transparency and responsible fiscal management. Only 1% of charities have received this distinction for eight consecutive years, placing City Year among the most trustworthy charities in America.
 
In 2006, City Year launched a strategic intervention model designed to further hone the scope of our service. Our Whole School Whole Child model (WSWC) places teams of AmeriCorps members into under-performing schools with the goal of improving student achievement, reducing high school drop-out rates, and helping to prepare young people for college and career. We do so by providing one-on-one and small group interventions to the students struggling most, as well as whole-school services and supports.

Impact Statement

We know that our City Year AmeriCorps members are having a strong positive impact on the students we serve. Just last year, the 2016-2017 academic year, 77% of 1,105 students who received one-on-one or small group tutoring in ELA/literacy and 68% of 557 students who received one-on-one or small group tutoring in math showed an improvement in assessment scores. On average, the 748 students who worked on their attendance with AmeriCorps members improved their average daily attendance by 3.2%, which represents an average of 5.8 additional school days or 46.4 hours of additional learning time. Nationwide, an independent study found that schools who partnered with City Year were two to three times more likely to see improvements in standardized testing than the national average.

Needs Statement

We know there is a strong need for our work. In Boston, 26.8% of students in the high school class of 2016 did not graduate on time; 16.5% remained in school or obtained a high school equivalency degree, while 10.3% dropped out altogether, according to data provided by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students who drop out are 6 times more likely to be incarcerated, 3 times more likely to be in poor health, 3 times more likely to be unemployed, and earn up to one million dollars less during their lifetimes than college graduates. This represents a pressing civil rights issue as well, as students of color, English Language Learners, and low-income students are statistically less likely to graduate than their peers.

However, today’s schools are not designed to provide the individualized attention many students need to succeed. When the modern school system we know today was designed, approximately 15% of students were expected to need extra support. However, in today’s high-poverty communities, this number is often as high as 50% of students. In a classroom of 30 students, therefore, as many as 15 young people could require additional academic, social, or emotional supports. For even the most experienced teachers, this can be a nearly impossible task.
 
This is where City Year’s Whole School Whole Child comes in: we partner with teachers and communities to identify the students most in need of extra help, and get them back on track to graduate high school, career and college ready. Our AmeriCorps members work with these students one-on-one and in small groups, providing coaching and tutoring in attendance, behavior, English language arts/literacy, and mathematics, in order to help turn the tide of the dropout crisis one student at a time.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City Year Boston serves in 23 schools throughout Boston, in neighborhoods such as Dorchester, East Boston, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury. 

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
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  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

No

Programs

Whole School Whole Child

City Year's Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) service model supports students by improving academic achievement. Corps members serve from before the first bell until after the last student leaves school, with a focus on attendance, behavior and course performance – key Early Warning Indicators that a student is at risk of dropping out. By year end, corps members will each have served 1,700+ hours delivering the WSWC intervention model.
 
As part of the WSWC model, City Year provides:
  • Academic Support through whole class, one-on-one and small group tutoring in literacy/math
  • Attendance Coaching through morning greeting, daily calls home and positive incentives
  • Mentoring through one-on-one and small group sessions supporting positive behavior
  • Positive School Climate through school-wide programs promoting engagement
  • Afterschool Programming focused on homework completion and enrichment programming
  • Physical Service Projects in schools and community facilities throughout Boston
Budget  $12,040,329.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Over 80% of current City Year Boston corps members hold degrees from four-year colleges and all receive in-depth training (six weeks prior to service and ongoing throughout the year) to ensure significant impact on student success. In addition to trainings focused on BPS curriculum and intervention strategies, corps members undergo professional development alongside BPS teachers in the schools where they serve.
 
Recent results and impact include the following:
  • Expanded impact from 14 schools (7,500+ students) in 2011-2012 school year to 21 of Boston’s lowest-performing schools (11,000+ students) in 2012-2013 school year, including all of Boston’s turnaround schools
  • 81% of elementary school students receiving literacy tutoring improved performance on literacy assessments
  • 40% reduction in the number of middle school students failing English
  • 86% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that corps members increased students’ time spent on learning tasks
Program Long-Term Success 
Students who reach 10th grade on time are four times more likely to graduate than those who fall behind. City Year’s long-term goal is to ensure that 80% of the students served by City Year reach 10th grade on track and on time, serving a majority of at-risk students at the sites it serves.
 
Research shows dropouts can be identified by 6th grade using key Early Warning Indicators: poor attendance, poor behavior and course failure in English/math. Students exhibiting even one indicator by 6th grade have a less than 25% likelihood of graduating on time. Through focused interventions, City Year provides the extra support these students need to succeed.
 
In partnership with Boston Public Schools and other school partners, City Year aims to reach a majority of Boston’s off-track students before they reach 10th grade. By fall 2015 City Year Boston plans to serve 25,000+ students in 37 schools to reach 5,700 off-track students, resulting in increased proficiency and a higher graduation rate.
Program Success Monitored By 
City Year has an internal evaluation department led by Vice President of Evaluation Dr. Gretchen Biesecker that ensures the Whole School Whole Child model continuously improves based on lessons learned in the field. The department tracks and analyzes student-level data using a variety of surveys, participant focus groups, an output-tracking database and performance-based metrics derived from existing school data.
 
As a result of pilot studies and site-based prototypes, City Year analyzes gains in literacy skills (grades 3-5), English Language Arts grades (6-10), average daily attendance (6-10), behavior (at prototype sites) and math grades (at prototype sites). City Year also bi-annually surveys all teachers, principals and administrators at schools served by corps members.
 
In November 2012 City Year and the Neighborhood House Charter School released a case study on an innovative three-year pilot that demonstrated the positive impact a trained City Year team has on student success.
Examples of Program Success 
City Year Boston is proud of its partnership with schools such as the Maurice J. Tobin K-8 School. During the 2011-2012 school year, City Year supported the following results at the Tobin:
  • 100% of elementary school students improved in their oral reading fluency. Two-thirds of those students began the year below grade benchmark and dramatically improved to end the year at/above benchmark.
  • 70% of 3rd-graders, 89% of 4th-graders and 72% of 5th-graders made more than one year’s worth of academic progress over the school year.
 
Additionally, in spring 2012 City Year Boston was approved as a Priority Partner for School Turnaround by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Priority Partners undergo a rigorous review process to confirm their proven track record of results and demonstrated effectiveness in accelerating school improvement.
 
To explore student and corps member stories of success, please visit the City Year Boston Blog.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sandra Lopez Burke
CEO Term Start Jan 2001
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO Mr. Michael Brown
Co-CEO Term Start Jan 1988
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 68
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 20
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 60
Hispanic/Latino: 12
Native American/American Indian: 2
Other: 2
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 73
Male: 27
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Diane Exter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Managing Director, Bain Capital Credit
Board Chair Term July 2017 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jim Atwood Merrill Lynch --
Doug Beaudoin Principal, National Managing Director – LSHC, Deloitte Consulting LLP --
Reed Chisholm Managing Director & Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Sachs & Co. --
Sally Dornaus Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Bain Capital Credit --
Diane Exter Bain Capital, LLC/Sankaty Advisors, LLC --
Corinne Ferguson Community Volunteer --
Michael Gilligan Heritage Partners --
Steve Hackley Comcast --
Dr. Adrian Haugabrook Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success and Chief Diversity Officer, Wheelock College --
Stephen Hoffmeister Managing Director, Advent International --
Beth Jones Community Volunteer --
Karen Keenan Executive Vice President, State Street Bank --
Lisa Lebovitz Community Volunteer --
Dianne Ledingham Bain & Company, Inc. --
Eran Lobel CEO/Executive Producer, ELEMENT productions --
Josh McCall Jack Morton Worldwide --
Marion Mussafer Chair of Seven Generations Board Exofficio
Joe Nedder Chief Operating Officer, Fidelity Asset Management --
Cynthia Orellana Director of the Office of Community Partnerships, University of Massachusetts Boston --
Marcy Reed National Grid --
John Reilly MFS Investment Management® --
Paul Reville Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Education --
Aaron von Staats PTC Business Units --
James Ward Senior Vice President and Director, Public Relations - MFS Investment Management --
Greg Why Operating Partner, Bain Capital --
Janelle Woods-McNish Director of Giving and Service, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 1
Gender Female: 10
Male: 16
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 80%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $14,933,993.00
Projected Expense $14,484,102.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2013 Audited Financial Statements

2012 Audited Financial Statements

2011 Audited Financial Statements

2010 Audited Financial Statements

2009 Audited Financial Statements

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $12,896,693 $9,861,902 $6,358,440
Total Expenses $11,362,296 $7,303,135 $5,278,579

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$4,850,248 $4,236,499 $2,568,748
Government Contributions $5,947,349 $3,462,143 $2,395,111
    Federal $3,348,924 $1,865,627 $1,745,111
    State -- -- --
    Local $2,598,425 $1,596,516 $650,000
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,947,195 $1,965,040 $1,270,622
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $138,505 $123,959
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $151,901 $59,715 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $9,203,460 $5,938,954 $4,170,077
Administration Expense $1,249,853 $735,092 $580,644
Fundraising Expense $908,984 $629,089 $527,858
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.14 1.35 1.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 81% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 7% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $20,820,428 $19,330,513 $11,461,191
Current Assets $9,933,157 $8,739,954 $1,565,592
Long-Term Liabilities $3,243,354 $3,330,000 $3,592,500
Current Liabilities $169,301 $475,012 $477,210
Total Net Assets $17,407,773 $15,525,501 $7,391,481

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 5.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose The In School & On Track campaign aims to raise funds to serve 25% of Boston’s off-track students in 21 schools (Phase I) and then 50% in 37 schools (Phase II).
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 58.67 18.40 3.28

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 16% 17% 31%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

City Year Boston is a local chapter of a national nonprofit. The financial data provided in the charts and graphs for the previous three years reflects this organization's local operations, while the posted audits and 990s reflect the organization's national operations (headquarters based in Boston). Please contact the nonprofit for additional details.

Documents


Other Documents

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