2020 Grants Challenge

City Year Inglewood USD Expansion

This school year, City Year Los Angeles partnered for the first time with the Inglewood Unified School District (IUSD). Inglewood is prioritizing City Year as part of their turnaround strategy to help further the district’s mission to nurture, educate and graduate students who are self-responsible and self-disciplined. This grant would support City Year’s continued presence in its two IUSD pilot schools - Crozier Middle School and Woodworth-Monroe Academy - with a long-term plan to expand onto more Inglewood campuses.


In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

East LA

South LA

In what stage of innovation is this project?

Expand existing program

If you are submitting a collaborative proposal, please describe the specific role of partner organizations in the project.

City Year Los Angeles will work closely with the Inglewood Unified School District for the duration of this project. However, this is not a collaborative proposal.

What is the need you’re responding to?

This school year, City Year Los Angeles (CYLA) began a partnership with IUSD. As mentioned above, Inglewood is prioritizing City Year as part of their turnaround strategy to help further the district’s mission to nurture, educate and graduate students who are self-responsible and self-disciplined. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, the former State Administrator for IUSD, stated the district is experiencing “declining student enrollment, changing demographics, challenging socioeconomic conditions for families, a drop in school funding, and the expansion of charter schools” but, IUSD’s “mission remains unchanged: providing effective educational experiences for every student in our care.” CYLA is an important part of helping IUSD maintain this mission. City Year’s “Whole School Whole Child” approach to student-success, with a strong focus on social-emotional learning, is uniquely equipped to support Inglewood Unified in its goals to improve student outcomes and enrollment.

Why is this project important to the work of your organization?​

CYLA is uniquely positioned to work in partnership with IUSD as we have 13 years of experience doing similar work in LAUSD. For over a decade, we have been implementing our Whole School Whole Child program in schools across Los Angeles. Through this program, CYLA has the ability to add capacity to under-resourced schools and help meet the holistic needs of all students by integrating academic and social-emotional supports throughout the school day. Our AmeriCorps members forge positive, caring relationships with students and help create an environment in which students can build on their strengths, take risks in their learning and feel connected to their school. Expansion into IUSD is deeply aligned with CYLA’s goals and priorities, as we seek to provide support to schools where students can benefit the most. Ultimately, we see potential to grow into more districts like IUSD that have the same level of need as LAUSD and also work collaboratively with us to ensure sustainability.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this proposal?​

Direct Impact: 150

Indirect Impact: 1,034

Please describe the broader impact of your proposal.

City Year is contributing to a bolder vision of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration, and risk-taking, where data informs practices that promote student growth and achievement and where all students have access to positive relationships and personalized learning environments that encourage them to persevere through challenges and thrive. With this proposal we want to continue to bring these enhancements to our two Inglewood Unified School District campuses. Since 2007, City Year Los Angeles has partnered with teachers and schools in communities challenged by the persistent inequity in our education system to create learning environments where all students can reach their full potential.

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.

CYLA measures success in terms of our students’ growth. City Year has determined the following objectives for 2020-21 school year:

*Deploying two teams of AmeriCorps members, one to Crozier Middle School and one to Woodworth-Monroe Academy

*Providing support to approximately 150 “focus list” students with at least 15 hours of targeted intervention;

*Offering support to focus list students through attendance monitoring, social emotional guidance, tutoring in English Language Arts and math, and after-school offerings; and

*Ensuring that 50% of students City Year AmeriCorps members work with in math and English improve their “D” or “F” at least one grade level, maintain a “C” grade or higher in Math and English, or meet/exceed their expected growth on the Math and English Inventories.

CYLA uses the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Inventory exams to measure academic growth, and the Deveraux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), to measure students’ social emotional growth.

In the long term, it is our goal to deepen our presence in the key communities we serve by filling out school “feeder patterns” - the series of schools a child will attend along his or her educational trajectory. It is our goal to continue expanding our services across IUSD, replicating the success we are seeing at Crozier Middle School and Woodworth-Monroe Academy.

Which of the LEARN metrics will your submission impact?​

High school graduation rates

Student proficiency in English & Language Arts

Proficiency in STEM

Which of LA2050’s resources will be of the most value to you?​

Access to the LA2050 community

Communications support