City Year seeks to significantly increase the number of students graduating from high school prepared for success in college, career, and life by providing under-resourced urban schools with full-time AmeriCorps members who serve as near-peer tutors, mentors, and role models. In partnership with Microsoft, City Year has developed an innovative model to deliver computer science education through afterschool programs and seeks to provide engaging computer science education to more than 200,000 high-need students in 331 schools across the US. Through these programs, City Year AmeriCorps members have seen students who normally struggle in class light up during afterschool computer science classes, gain exposure to technology and computer learning, and become more engaged in school overall.
REACH provides training programs to underserved youth in Vietnam by equipping them with the skills they need to find a high-quality job. With support from Microsoft, REACH offers specialized, intensive training focusing on a three-and-one-half month web graphic design course and a six-month 3D design course. To improve employment success for all their training participants, REACH also incorporates three days of IT training, follow-up resources, and job search support for six months post-graduation for all training programs. This dedication to quality training programs and comprehensive support has resulted in 80 percent of youth trained by REACH obtaining a high-quality job within six months of graduation.