Partner Profile: Building a Brighter Future for Students Through Mentorship
For young people, a healthy mentoring relationship can be critical to achieving both academic and personal goals. Mentors offer steady support, guidance, experience and encouragement.
In alignment with our goal of investing in programs that inspire and prepare students to excel in STEM subjects and disciplines, Fluor has partnered with the Dallas, Texas location of City Year℠, providing the program with volunteers and more than $150,000 in financial support since 2016.
About the City Year Program
City Year is a national education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide targeted interventions for students considered at risk of dropping out of school. To help decrease the dropout rate and keep students on track, City Year employs AmeriCorps℠ members who recently graduated from college to serve as tutors, mentors and role models. Mentors are placed in high-need, urban schools with a large population of at-risk youth. The corps mentors provide academic support, attendance coaching, extended day programming, positive school climate initiatives and service project opportunities to students.
Fluor’s support of City Year has funded the hiring of nine AmeriCorps members at Medrano Middle School in Dallas. The corps members support students in developing their math skills and remaining on track for graduation. Each member is assigned to a classroom where they work with individual students and their teachers and principal to determine how to best support each student. In addition, volunteers work with the entire population of students during afterschool and weekend activities.
Our employees also volunteer to help support City Year’s initiative at Medrano. Volunteers host the Fluor Engineering Challenge each year and, as part of the Employee Giving Campaign, lead students in STEM activities.
Fluor also helps provide career guidance to the City Year mentors. To help corps members develop plans for a post-City Year career, Fluor’s Human Resources department hosts resume and career planning workshops to strengthen their resumes, identify their strengths and provide tips on interviewing and networking.
“The resume and career workshop was perfect,” said City Year Managing Director of Impact Jamey Applegate. “The Fluor team was warm, welcoming, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable. This workshop helped ensure our corps members were successful not only during their year of service, but also afterward, as it equipped them with practical skills built around what it takes to succeed in the current and future workplace.”
The program has yielded positive results. At Medrano, key program goals have been met, such as:
- Corps members serving a minimum of 1,700 hours to support more than 900 students
- Providing math support to more than 500 students resulting in improved math scores during the academic year
- Improving student attendance by two percent
- Achieving a 100 percent grade promotion/graduation rate by students served by City Year
Ninety-six percent of partner teachers agree that AmeriCorps members improved the overall academic performance of their students.
“I think the students really enjoyed the whole design challenge experience,” said Medrano teacher Michael Aldape. “Being a part of a group and feeling involved gives students a sense of belonging that helps them accomplish many things inside the classroom. I really enjoyed seeing them go through the experience they had.”
“Because of Fluor, math and science classes have become more fun for me,” said one eighth-grade Medrano Middle School student. “Fluor has helped me look forward to whatever we are doing in math and science classes and has made me excited to learn.”
Fluor continues to support City Year’s program at Medrano Middle School through funding and volunteer support. Most recently, volunteers hosted the Fluor Engineering Challenge at the school with students and their families. To learn more about City Year, visit www.cityyear.org.