City Year AmeriCorps members work to increase graduation rates across the country, supporting students to become college- and career-ready. “Ubuntu,” a City Year core value, provides a powerful context for their work in high poverty communities.
Borrowed from the Zulu tribe of South Africa, “Ubuntu” means “I am a person through other people; my humanity is tied to yours.” Last month, 120 AmeriCorps members embodied this value during a YES Institute education session.
“This is a challenging topic for me because of my culture, but my eyes have been opened to how we are ALL the same.”
“First time I’ve had any education on these topics. This will change everything about how I interact with my students!”
“Anti-gay rhetoric, even if it seems harmless, might be devastating to a young person. Now I have ways to intervene in negative student interactions.”
Thank you, City Year, for taking a stand to honor the humanity of all the students you serve. We look forward to supporting you in 2018 with the next cohort of AmeriCorps members.
Learn more about YES Institute’s work in education here.