Cornell University

Recent Cornell Grads Among Highest Actively Serving as City Year Corps Members

NEW YORK, NY (December 5, 2011) – Recent grads from Cornell University have a knack for service.  So says City Year, a national organization that unites young people for a year of service in high-need urban schools, whose 2,000 corps members this year include 20 Big Red alums.  Cornell is the top ranked Ivy League “feeder” school for City Year’s corps this year, supplying top talent who commit to a year of full-time service keeping students in school and on track.

“Cornell University is proud of its long-standing ties to City Year, with two of our alumni helping found the New York City site. That created the foundation for a tradition of success between the two organizations,” said Rebecca Sparrow, Cornell Career Services Executive Director.  “Our students are committed to service and to making a difference in the world, and City Year offers graduates the opportunity to put this commitment into action to make a meaningful impact on the communities where they work. Cornell Career Services is delighted to have built such a strong partnership with City Year to educate our students on the breadth of opportunities they can pursue after graduation.”

“As a proud Cornell alum, I am inspired by the generation of people graduating from my alma mater who want to serve.  The natural fit of a partnership between City Year and Cornell is demonstrated by the 20 Cornell alumni serving with City Year at 21 sites across the country,” said Itai Dinour, Cornell class of 2001 and City Year New York Executive Director.  Seven Cornell grads currently serve in the City Year New York corps.  “I am proud that this partnership is a part of Cornell’s commitment to developing civic minded leaders. Thank you to Career Services, the Public Service Center, and others who’ve helped champion this cause.”

Cornell ranks first among private and Ivy League schools and is fifth overall, supplying 20 recent graduates to the ranks of the City Year corps.  It is the only New York school among City Year’s top ten feeders.  UCLA supplies the highest number of active corps members, with 28.  City Year corps members currently serve 110,000 students in 187 schools, located in 21 U.S. cities.

“Throughout my childhood, I received consistent motivation and support to excel in my academics, helping me to achieve high standards throughout my schooling. Today, I serve, in part to provide the same support that was given to me to students who may otherwise lack it,” said Frank Wilburn, Jr., City Year New York Team Leader and Cornell class of 2010.  “My experience at City Year has allowed me to consider and gain more insight into the varying factors that may affect students' motivation and progress in school, especially in underserved communities. It's driven me to seek outlets in learning more about ways to combat the potential stressors faced by students living in areas that are under-resourced.”

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to provide full-time targeted intervention for students most at risk of dropping out.  In more than 20 communities across the United States and through two international affiliates, our teams of young AmeriCorps leaders support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring, and after school programs that keep kids in school and on track to graduate.


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