National Center for Community Schools Plays Major Role at NYC Community School Americorps Success Mentors Three Day Convening

New York, NY – From September 1st to the 3rd, NCCS facilitated a convening of about 300 NYC Community School AmeriCorps members at the High School for Excellence and Innovation in New York City. We were welcomed by Principal Tyona Washington and her team, including Community School Director Tennia Morrison Castro from East Side House, the lead agency. Chris Caruso, Executive Director of the Office of Community Schools welcomed the group with an inspiring message.

Jessica Simonson, Director, AmeriCorps Member Services for the Office of Community Schools, Sarah Jonas and Sarah Peterson from the Office of Community Schools, and Christine Marinoni, Sr. Advisor, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives led the group through a series of workshops relating to the work of the 2015-16 AmeriCorps members.

Lukas Weinstein, NCCS director of regional initiatives, provided a national framework for the members so that they can better understand the broader perspective and history of community school strategies across the country, and ground their work in best practices.

AmeriCorps significantly increased its presence in New York City public schools through a large investment of Operation AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) –around 300 AmeriCorps members will help the City’s 128 new Community Schools, including 94 renewal schools over the next two years. The focus will be on reducing absenteeism, increasing parental involvement, and ensuring students at these schools are on track to graduate. We will be working with the AmeriCorps members throughout the school year.