City Year says Trump’s proposed cuts would devastate the program

BOSTON,  MA , 10 / 31 / 13:  Ali Gold,( cq on the far left ) singing and clapping as students enter the school in the morning...something the group does together. At the Condon School in South Boston..... City Year as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Corps members will line up outside School to greet students at start of school day. The evolution of City Year, the Boston-based program that's become a model for similar organizations across the country, but which even now is striving to redefine itself. ( David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo ) SECTION: LIFESTYLE TOPIC CityYearat25
Ali Gold (far left) led the singing and clapping as students entered the Condon School in South Boston in 2013. –David L. Ryan / Boston Globe

Clad in red jackets, khaki pants, and workboots, 265 City Year volunteers greet 10,000 students each morning at nearly two dozen Boston schools with cheers and clapping — a grand gesture to show they are welcome. Then the volunteers hit the phones and call those who didn’t show up.

This laser-like focus on attendance has played an instrumental role in boosting attendance rates at many schools, and along with it a student’s chance for success. But all of it is now in jeopardy under President Trump’s budget proposal.

Trump is calling for the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service, including its signature AmeriCorps program, which provides more than $48 million in funding to City Year and a host of other programs in Massachusetts, including Citizen Schools, Jumpstart, YouthBuild, and Playworks.

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