More New Content from Team Cody

In front of the DPS float

Team Cody in front of the DPS float at the Parade Company

Hello! Team Cody has uploaded new content.

There are two new articles about partnering with teacher in their classrooms from Corps Members Chrissy Starzyk and Jimmy Johnson. You can find their thoughts on the subject on the partnerships page.

The math and attendance pages also have new content. Attendance Co-Coordinators, Stacy Starr and Heather Bishop wrote about how they put together an attendance VIP lounge for the students of Cody High School.

On the math page Adrienne Cocci wrote about a new learning tool she created. She put together lessons for every 9th grade math subject in a binder that every team member has access to.

But what is probably the most exciting new addition to our team’s page is our “Day in the Life” page. This page will contain the more personal stories from Team Cody’s year of service. The first story was written by one of our Behavior Co-Coordinators, Evette Dziedzic. Evette wrote about building relationships with students, one of the most important aspects of our job here as corps members.


School Team Pages

Team Cody at Opening Day

Team Cody at Opening Day

City Year Detroit is trying something new on our Blog!

Team Cody has been working hard to put together their own wing of this website. As a reader, if you glance at thenavigation bar you will notice there is now a “School Teams” tab. If you click on it, or hover over it, you will notice a list of school teams. If you were to go one step further and click on Cody High School’s link you will notice a home page for Team Cody’s own page. This is where Team Cody will be uploading and sharing stories about their service in City Year.

Team Cody would like to invite readers to check out their pages. These pages include short bios about all the team members, blogs written by the members about service events, their day to day activities in school, and their various projects they have been working on.

There is always something new going on so Team Cody will be updating rather frequently. Keep an eye out for new content.

Team Cody hopes you enjoy all the new content and encourages you to comment. They would like to hear from you!

This is just another way to share how we make better happen and we hope you enjoy it.

-Jennifer Choate, Corps Member, Communication Coordinator at Cody High School

City Year can make all the difference




The nonprofit organization City Year is a constant presence at Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern. They service many different schools around the country and act as mentors and tutors to many students.

Hannah Heebner is a City Year member serving the Detroit Collegiate Prep at Northwestern family. She is from Farmington Hills, and she attended the University of Michigan.

Another member of the City Year team is Annabelle Wilkinson, she is from Troy/Bloomfield Hills, and she graduated from Michigan State University in 2011.

“Go Green!” Wilkinson said.

Last but not least, we have Lenora Lucaj. She is from Highland, and she graduated from the University of Michigan this past May.

“City Year is at this school because we care about the drop-out crisis,” Heebner said. “And strive to give students who walk in the doors a chance to graduate.”

City Year mainly serves freshman students.

“Studies have shown that when students can pass ninth-grade math and English, their chance of graduating increases significantly,” Heebner said. “Education is important. We’re here to help you succeed.”

Right now, the City Year helps control the class environment so that students can learn as best as possible, and to help both teachers and students in the classroom. The City Year common room is located on the fifth floor in room 514C.

“Students can use City Year in many ways,’ Wilkinson said. “Come to us if you need help in the classroom. If you need someone to talk to we can be there for you as well. We’ll encourage you at every turn, we want you to reach your goals and dreams.”

Students can use City Year as mentors, tutors, and people they can trust.

“We love making relationships with students, so don’t be shy,” Heebner said. Come talk to us about anything.”

To participate in their tutoring program, a permission slip must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to them. Tutoring sessions are offered from Monday through Thursday from 3:30-4:45 p.m.

6 Current CM’s have a chance to Challenge Detroit!

City Year Detroit needs your help! We have 6 current corps members who have made it to the next round of the Challenge Detroit competition, you can vote for more than one person, they can’t make it to the interview with our extra push, Voting is now open until April 7 and must be done on a computer (NOT a mobile device).  Each Facebook user can only vote once per semi-finalist and all votes must be cast through the voting platform; wall posts will not count.

Charles P. Ashley –

Kate Mulhern –

Paul Sandy –

April Newberry –

Ben Newton –

Melissa Ponce –

A City Year

A City Year

AS 1

Hi! My name is Amira Soliman and I am a first-year AmeriCorps member serving with City Year Detroit. City Year is an education focused non-profit organization that hires 17-24 year olds as AmeriCorps members to be tutors, mentors, and role models in high-need schools. We are striving to end the dropout crisis in 24 cities across the United States, as well as 2 international sites in England and South Africa.
Since I am originally from New York, my placement in Detroit has been very exciting. Detroit has a lot of potential to become a great comeback city- there are a lot of influential organizations and people in the city creating change. In addition, Detroit is implementing new systems to level the educational system and support struggling students, and I am excited that City Year is a part of the change.

As a Corps member, I travel with my team each day to the high school I serve at, Central Collegiate Academy, and collaborate with our math teachers to support student success.  We are there to provide individualized attention to the students who need it the most.  While bringing my students up to grade level is important, I think the most exciting part of my service has been giving the students opportunities outside of the classroom. These activities, such as the after-school programming and school events that we provide for our students, support them holisticallyin addition to educationally.

This past week, my team put on our first large event, the 1stannual College and Career Night at Central. We reached out to nearly 50 college and career representatives to come to the event and represent their institutions to our students. After several months of planning, the night came and we had 15 students volunteer to stay after school to help us set up. It was very exciting to see some of the students volunteer to escort the admissions representatives to their table.

We had an amazing turn out; students and their families came to our event, networked with college and career representatives, and most importantly they learned about the standards they will be held to throughout the rest of their high school career in order to be admitted into a college. Luckily, we received many donations to support our event and were able to raffle off prizes for students as a motivation for them to engage with all of the representatives who were present. The school administration is excited to continue College and Career Night in the future with the foundations our City Year team built for this year.

Another exciting project I’ve been a part of was not one of my own host school’s, but rather a national event. Each year on Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day, AmeriCorps programs across the country plan large service projects and invite community members to become involved in revitalizing their local areas. This year, City Year Detroit partnered with Detroit Public Schools to plan service projects at four schools and also provided support for several local non-profits.

My service site was Osborn High School, a school known to be a staple of Detroit’s east side neighborhood. Osborn is an educational complex that has been highly involved in education reform in recent years and now includes academies within the school to meet their student’s diverse interests. This includes a college prep academy and an academy for design and alternative energy. We had projects across the Osborn complex, including painting inspirational quotes in the restrooms, redecorating the college prep office suite, and remodeling a room into a student lounge similar to a college student union.

A great thing about Osborne High School is that the engagement level among students is very high. During our planning days, we had students ask about volunteering and many came out on MLK Day to support the projects at their school. I was a project coordinator for the bathroom painting projects and had a City Year alum and three Osborn students volunteering alongside me. Throughout all of the day’s service projects, we had many other student volunteers, City Year alumni, and corporate volunteers who participated in the MLK Day service.

In addition to our service, we held a rally at Osborn on MLK Day to engage staff and community stakeholders and to prepare them for a day of powerful service. After several speeches, I took the stage as a member of the City Year Step Team and performed a routine that excited the crowd. I never stepped before City Year but have greatly enjoyed it as part of the City Year culture. City Year encourages us to “get squishy” by taking ourselves out of our comfort zones and step has been a great way for me to do that.
MLK Day was a pivotal mark for City Year members as it is the half-way point of our service. Though this means we still have a while to go, I’m already glad to have taken so many opportunities this year to get squishy. That’s what a year of service should be and I’m excited to experience other ways to get squishy in the year ahead.