“City Year is an extraordinary accomplishment for ordinary people. It brings together incredibly passionate young people from across the country committed to changing the world. I serve because it is an incredible opportunity. To help others is a chance to learn about them, about myself, and to understand the importance and impact of service and community.” – Meara Cassidy, City Year New Hampshire Alumni, 2009-2010
“I have no doubt that City Year is going to change the lives of the students they reach in this district. The City Year corps members have moved into this community and will serve as mentors to our students in the schools and in their neighborhoods. City Year will be the difference these kids need.” – Ted Gatsas, Mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire
THE CITY YEAR NEW HAMPSHIRE CORPS
Established as the thirteenth City Year site and part of the AmeriCorps National Service network, City Year New Hampshire was launched on October 11, 2000 as the first non-urban City Year site. Now celebrating our 13th year of service in New Hampshire, we have more than doubled in size from 24 to 52 corps members that now serve in Manchester, NH.
City Year New Hampshire corps members come from all over the country to help address the pressing needs of Granite Stators. This year, our 52 corps members came from 19 different states across the country to New Hampshire and represent the diverse populations we work with and serve.
Corps members range in age from 17 to 24, with an average age of just under 22 years old in 2012-2013. 67% of our corps members have a college degree with majors ranging from English to Public Health to Geography. Below is a breakdown of the 2012-2013 City Year New Hampshire corps:
Since 2000, City Year New Hampshire corps members have made the following impact:
“What is City Year to me? City Year is a promise and a commitment. A promise to be the best person I can be. A commitment to make the world a better place. A promise to not stand idly by in the face of injustice and apathy and suffering. A commitment to love and serve my neighbor. My City Year lit a fire within me that will forever guide my path.” – Bobby Kessling, City Year New Hampshire Alumni, 2004-2006 & current Senior Director of Impact
• 731,000 corps member hours in service to New Hampshire
• 4,790 Manchester elementary school youth served through our Whole School Whole Child program supporting these at-risk students in their ABCs – attendance, behavior and course performance in math and English
• 11,998 New Hampshire middle school youth served in after school programs and community service projects
• 55,600 hours from Granite State volunteers engaged through City Year
• 260 Service Partners, schools, community organizations, and youth agencies with whom we partner to meet the needs of New Hampshire communities
• $1,892,025 in scholarships earned by City Year New Hampshire graduates
SERVICE School-Based Service: Whole School, Whole Child
City Year New Hampshire, an AmeriCorps program, is dedicated to helping children stay in school and on track to graduate successfully. Focused in Manchester, 52 corps members serve on diverse teams, full time in one of six elementary schools throughout the city. Manchester produces the highest number of dropouts in New Hampshire, where one in five students drop out.
City Year’s approach to long-term school success is organized around a research-based service model. Through this model, diverse teams of full-time corps members serve in schools to help improve students’ ABCs – Attendance, Behavior, and Course performance in math and English – which research confirms are indicators of a student’s likelihood of graduating from high school.
As near-peers, who begin their service before the first bell rings and stay until the last child leaves the after-school program, corps members address the academic and social-emotional needs of individual students who are falling off-track in their ABCs. Serving full time, corps members also work to improve the whole school environment by leading activities that foster a strong connection between students, parents, and the school community.
Corps members are providing the right interventions to the right students at the right time.
As a result, targeted students improve their academic performance and attendance as they become more capable, committed and confident learners, and ultimately stay on track to graduation.
A – Attendance “Some of my students didn’t like school, but they like to come now because they think that City Year members are cool!” – Manchester Teacher
Corps members are working to inspire more than 2100 kids on a daily basis to come to school ready to learn and on time in through activities such as morning greeting. Manchester has the lowest middle school attendance rate in the state and we need to combat that starting in the elementary schools by helping to foster a positive environment for learning.
B – Behavior “The corps member in my classroom takes the time to listen and help students work through their feelings. He shows the students that he cares for them and they respond accordingly with positive behavior.” – Manchester Teacher
Corps members get to know students beyond their performance in the classroom. They work with the teacher to learn about their background, their struggles and their aspirations. Through their mentor relationship to these students, they inspire kids to behave in a more positive way.
C – Course Performance in English & Math “One of my students was not completing homework on a regular basis. Since the corps member has been monitoring daily agenda entries, homework is being completed all the time.” – Manchester Teacher
Corps members serving in schools are providing 350 targeted students with the small group and one-on-one academic attention that allows both the student to get individualized support and guidance and the teacher to focus on the class as a whole.
“When I see the red jackets throughout the district, whether it’s in the schools or on the streets with students, I know something positive is happening. These young men and women who have dedicated themselves to our children are making a difference and because of that difference, we will be much better off than we were a year ago. When that jacket shows up, we know something’s happening, and it’s always good.” – Dr. Tom Brennan, Superintendent of the Manchester School District
No matter what you enjoy doing, you will find it in New Hampshire! Whether you like skiing, hiking, relaxing on the beach, swimming in the ocean, or checking out the local music scene, New Hampshire has it all.
Located only an hour from the beach and the White Mountains, New Hampshire offers almost every outdoor activity that you could think of. Located in downtown Manchester, City Year New Hampshire is central to the vibrant pulse of the state’s largest city.
Manchester is a moderately sized city with lots of diversity. In fact, there are over 80 languages spoken in the Manchester school district as it has become a hub for the resettlement of refugees and immigrants. The area is full of culture, food, and exciting nightlife. Often hailed for its small town feel with big city fun and opportunities, New Hampshire is a great site to choose for a year of service and fun.
“I chose to serve in NH for numerous reasons. The first I guess is that it is different. I wondered to myself, when I was first applying, what kind of need could be in NH. I have found that there is a lot of diversity in NH; from the refugee population in Manchester to the large Hispanic population in Nashua. Another reason that I decided to serve in NH is the beauty of the state. There are not a lot of places where you can be at a beach and then drive a few hours and be at the base of a 4,000 ft. mountain. The natural beauty is breathtaking and unique.” – Nathan Rater, City Year New Hampshire Alumni, 2009-2010
New Hampshire does not have a mass transit system for the state. Everyday all of our corps members meet at a parking lot in Manchester and carpool to and from service. Each year about half of our corps members bring a vehicle with them. By no means is it a requirement to have a vehicle, but we strongly recommend those individuals who have a vehicle bring it.
Through a generous partnership with the City of Manchester and the Manchester Transit Authority, all of our corps members receive free bus passes.
Housing is not provided as part of the City Year program. Each corps member is responsible for securing their own living arrangements.
Most corps members live throughout the city of Manchester (downtown, west side, east side, north end, and south side) and typically choose to live with other City Year corps members, often 3 or 4 to an apartment. There are always a variety of apartments available, ranging from 2, 3, 4 or even 5 bedroom units. A typical 3 bedroom apartment will range in price from $800 to $1000 a month with a 4 bedroom apartment ranging from $800 to $1300. On average we recommend each person budgets $350 a month for rent and utilities, if they are not covered as part of the rent.
GENERAL COST OF LIVING
Each corps member receives a bi-weekly taxable stipend of $564, pre- taxe. We provide some general assistance with budgeting, but it is the responsibility of each individual to manage their own finances. Most corps members are able to make ends meet just fine on the stipend alone, but some individuals do choose to get a second job.
In addition to the bi-weekly stipend, corps members are eligible for food, heating, and electrical assistance from the state if they choose to apply for it. Most corps members elect to take advantage of this, but it is not necessary to get these in order to survive on the stipend.
Here are some average costs in Manchester, New Hampshire as of September 1, 2012:
• Gallon of Gas: $3.74 • Half Gallon of Milk: $2.03
• Rent: $300.00 (per person per month)
• Large Cheese Pizza: $9.99
• Manchester Monarchs (hockey): $18.00
• NH Fisher Cats (baseball): $6.00 – $12.00
• Movie Ticket: $7.00 for a matinée and $9.00 for a regular priced show
• Gym Membership at YMCA: $12.00 a month (a reduced rate for AmeriCorps members)
NEW HAMPSHIRE AT A GLANCE
Culture & Performing Arts Today
Manchester is not only considered the financial center of the state, but it is home to the state’s largest civic arena and a majority of New Hampshire’s major cultural institutions. The city also boasts a variety of nightclubs and bars. Currier Museum – (http://www.currier.org) Palace Theatre: – (www.palacetheatre.org/) Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum: – (www.manchesterhistoric.org) New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society and Aviation Museum – (www.nhahs.org) Granite State Symphony Orchestra – (www.gsso.org) New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra – (www.nhphilharmonic.org) Opera League of New Hampshire – (www.operanh.org) SEE Science Center – (www.see-sciencecenter.org) Tupelo Music Hall – (www.tupelohall.com) Verizon Wireless Arena – (www.verizonwirelessarena.com) New Hampshire Nightclubs – (www.newhampshire.com/entertainment/nh-nightlife-listings.aspx)
Recreation and Sporting Events For the outdoor enthusiast, Manchester boasts 900 acres of parks, playgrounds and public spaces. Boating and fishing are available on scenic Lake Massabesic, and the city has numerous golf courses and even kayaking on the Merrimack River. Manchester is also home to a number of sports teams including double-A baseball and AHL hockey. In addition, there’s an array of outdoor activities ranging from the White Mountain National Forest to the pristine coastline. Skiing and Snowboarding – (www.skinh.com) Hiking – (http://amc-nh.org/index.php) Mountain Biking – (http://www.nhoutdoors.com/nh_biking.htm) New Hampshire State Parks – (http://www.nhstateparks.org/) Beaches and Ocean – (www.nhstateparks.com/beaches.html) New Hampshire Fisher Cats Baseball (double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) – (www.nhfishercats.com) Manchester Monarchs Hockey (AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings) – (www.monarchshockey.com) New Hampshire Sports & Social Club – (www.nhssc.com)
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