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Through A City Education, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis.

Carlos is avoiding my last question. I ask him again, "What is the reciprocal of 5 over 6?" He can’t give me an answer because his mind is clearly somewhere else. I scan the area around us in the school quad and see that he is admiring the freshly painted mural behind me. I turn back to our notes and close my notebook.

Later that week, Carlos has a math test and his downfall is reciprocals. However, all Carlos wants to talk about is art, and I am not going to squander this opportunity to uncover one of his passions.

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A City Education: College Isn't a Dream, It's a Plan

Mendez High School in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights community hosted it's second annual college fair. City Year corps members were there to help.


Through A City Education, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis.

On a cold Saturday morning in October, the smell of coffee and pan dulce filled the air while the Boyle Heights community in Los Angeles gathered at Mendez High School for the school's second annual College and Career Fair. Many Mendez students will be the first in their families to graduate from high school and attend college, but the school's focus on getting them there was evident in the fair’s slogan: "College is not a dream, it's a plan!" And, even though the fair took place on a Saturday, the City Year Los Angeles team showed up to help and offer our support. As college graduates ourselves, we are dedicated to passing on our passion for learning, and supporting that passion within the Boyle Heights community.

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A City Education: Boosting Student Achievement Through Bullying Prevention

Want to end the dropout crisis? Preventing bullying is one of the solutions.


Through A City Education, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis.

Words and name-calling can carry all the impact and pain of a fist, but the damage isn't always visible to the naked eye. DoSomething.org reports that as many as one in seven students in grades K-12 was either a bully or a victim of bullying in 2012, while one in 10 students drop out of school due to repeated bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, an opportunity to reflect on this issue that continues to plague our schools—and it helps me put my role into perspective.

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