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BSW Senior Caroline Brown Selected to Participate in City Year Service Program
One million American students drop out of high school each year, and half of those come from just 12 percent of “at-risk” schools. City Year is a nationwide program that works directly with these schools to increase the graduation pipeline and transform the future of thousands of students in the U.S. For the 2014-2015 school year, Caroline Brown will be a Corps Member with City Year Chicago. She will be assigned to a Chicago Public School to provide academic support, attendance and positive behavior encouragement, after school programming, and overall community and school improvement projects.
According to Caroline, “I chose to apply to City Year Chicago because education is a personal value that is very close to my heart. I have always been passionate about addressing the national dropout crisis as a form of oppression and marginalization against low-income students and students of color. I hope to put my work with GEAR UP Wyoming to immediate use by establishing relationships with some of the students in Chicago Public Schools who are at risk of dropping out to motivate and inspire them to graduate from high school. Additionally, I have a very strong interest in school social work. I expect my experience with City Year to give me a chance to see what working in the school system would be like, and determine whether or not school social work is the route I wish to take.”