In our A City Education series, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis.
Come by Normandie Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles at 7:15 AM and you’ll see City Year corps members wearing our signature yellow and red jackets and gathered in front of the school in a circle. It’s a tradition that reflects one of our key values: inclusivity. Every morning, every City Year team throughout the United States does this—meeting in front of their respective schools, sharing successes and going through the day’s schedule. When we do this, we gather in a large circle so that everyone can see everybody and so that everyone is equally included.