Wheelock Celebrates City Year Partnership

October 23, 2013

City Year alums from WheelockWheelock College set a goal to have at least 50 City Year alumni enrolled at the College by fall 2015 in undergraduate and graduate programs and to sustain an average of 50 through at least the 2020-2021 academic year.

Wheelock Vice President Dr. Adrian Haugaubrook announced the goal at an Oct. 23, 2013 celebration of the College's "Give a Year" partnership with City Year, where the College recognized the success of the 24 current Wheelock students who have served as City Year corps members.

Through the partnership, Wheelock offers "Give a Year" scholarships each year to up to 10 undergraduate students and up to 5 graduate students who have served in City Year. The "Give a Year" partnership brings idealistic and committed students with a high level of maturity, insight, and experience to Wheelock, where they can gain a superb education that prepares them to be successful agents of change.

The two organizations' missions are closely aligned. City Year is a nonprofit organization that engages young people of all backgrounds to serve as tutors, mentors and role models for children in grades 3-9 to keep them in school and on track to graduate. Wheelock is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families; its students provide an estimated 165,000 hours of service annually to the community through field experiences in more than 280 organizations and more than 15,000 Wheelock alumni are engaged around the world and across the social services spectrum as educators, social workers, nonprofit leaders, youth advocates, and more.

Said Dr. Adrian Haugabrook, Vice President for Student Success and Engagement at Wheelock and member of the City Year Boston Board of Directors, "City Year alums are exactly the type of bright, service-minded students that Wheelock College has excelled in educating since the College was founded 125 years ago. This partnership is a win for Wheelock and for City Year, whose corps members get help paying for college while furthering their goals of idealism."

For the 2013 academic year, Wheelock welcomed eight new City Year scholars at the undergraduate level and three new City Year scholars at the graduate level.

Benefits of the Partnership to City Year Corps Members:

  • Serves as a recruitment tool for Corps members by better illustrating educational and professional pathways for prospective Corps; "Leadership After City Year" (LACY), "Give A Year" Scholarship and AmeriCorps educational award
  • Co-branding opportunity with a global and strongly mission-aligned institution of higher education
  • Diverse educational setting with a proven record of success with previous Corps members who have attended Wheelock College
  • Recruitment opportunities for Corps members through Wheelock College and the Colleges of the Fenway
  • Collaborative funding opportunities

Benefits to Wheelock College:

  • Extends Wheelock's mission to improve the lives of children and families through purposeful and strategic collaboration
  • Increases undergraduate and graduate enrollment by serving as an intentional educational pathway for Corps members
  • Furthers institution's leadership of and support for national service as a viable means of inspiring a world of good
  • Creates a critical mass of students who have lead and performed national service
  • Co-branding opportunity with highly recognized social-entrepreneurial organization
  • Collaborative funding opportunities

Learn more about the "Give a Year" program at wheelock.edu/cityyear

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