BSW Senior Selected to Participate in Prestigious Service Program
One million students drop out of high school each year, and half of those dropouts come from just 12 percent of "at-risk" schools. City Year is a program that works directly with these 12 percent of at-risk schools to increase the graduation pipeline and transform the future of thousands of students in America. For the 2014-2015 school year, BSW Senior Caroline Brown will be a Corp 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 extremely passionate about addressing the national dropout crisis as a form of oppression and marginalization against low-income students and students of color through my work with GEAR UP Wyoming. Therefore, I hope to be able to use this passion of education to establish relationships with some of the students in Chicago Public Schools who are at-risk of dropping out to motivate and inspire them to graduate high school. Additionally, I have a very strong interest in school social work. I hope to use this experience with City Year to get a feel for what working in the school system would be like, and determine whether or not school social work is the route that I want to take."