BNY Mellon has partnered with City Year nationally to increase student access to engaging computer science and technology education designed to build the next generation’s business and technology skills.
Since 2017 BNY Mellon has partnered with City Year, an education organization that helps schools and students to succeed. It recently expanded to a national partnership to expose more students to enriching, skill-building experiences to promote pathways to business and technology careers.
City Year recruits diverse teams of young adults to serve full-time in under-resourced schools as AmeriCorps members, providing research-based supports to help ensure students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, prepared for college and career.
City Year collaborates with communities, school districts and corporate partners, such as BNY Mellon, to place 3,000 AmeriCorps members in 349 schools across the country. In partnership with classroom teachers, City Year AmeriCorps members build positive relationships with students and strengthen academic and social-emotional skills and mindsets. City Year provides a powerful, double bottom line: City Year AmeriCorps members are not only helping students gain critical skills for their success in and out of school, but also acquire valuable experience that prepares them to be leaders in their communities and careers.
BNY Mellon sponsors four local teams of City Year AmeriCorps members serving at public schools in New York City, Boston, Orlando and San José. BNY Mellon “Ambassadors” in each region help drive the partnerships and deepen the company’s impact by working with City Year to identify school needs and leverage employee talent and expertise through strategic skills-based volunteerism at each school throughout the year.
Nationally, BNY Mellon also sponsors City Year’s Hour of Code initiative. Hour of Code is a series of engaging, one-hour introductory courses designed to demystify coding through engaging curricula facilitated by industry volunteers. This past school year, BNY Mellon’s grant funding enabled City Year to develop an internal toolkit of digital teaching materials, making Hour of Code initiatives easy and accessible for City Year-served schools across the country. BNY Mellon’s technology employees have hosted a series of Hour of Code events at schools in all four sponsor cities, working closely with City Year to develop and facilitate lessons on Boolean logic, robotics, Minecraft and animation.
With BNY Mellon’s support this past school year, over 3,500 students in 55 schools across the country took part in over 5,000 hours of high-quality Hour of Code experiences through City Year.
City Year’s role in supporting our nation’s most under-resourced schools provides an entry point for thousands of students across the country to be exposed to computer science and coding—many for the first time. Together, City Year and BNY Mellon are providing accessible and engaging activities for children that can ignite a lasting interest in computer science and help to build critical 21st century skills.
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