City Year Chicago

Ripples of Hope Awards Dinner


At City Year Chicago, we have been working tirelessly to put a plan in place to overcome the physical limitations of school closures and continue providing support to our students through remote service.  We have been seizing every opportunity to continue our service because the 16,000 students that we touch daily through near-peer mentoring and academic support are counting on us, and we will be there for them.

In alignment with the CDC and local public health guidelines, we have made the conscious decision to cancel this year’s Ripples of Hope Award Dinner on Thursday, May 7th at the Palmer House.

As a City Year Champion, we are grateful for your continuous support of our mission. Last year, Ripples of Hope raised $1.3M in net revenue.  These funds allowed us to extend our reach to additional students in under-resourced neighborhoods across Chicago. This school year, City Year Chicago deployed 254 AmeriCorps members to serve as student success coaches to more than 16,000 students in 31 Chicago Public Schools across the city.

We are all facing challenges and uncertainty.  For us, our work in Chicago would not be possible without your support.  While this event will no longer take place, it is imperative that we continue to raise the funds necessary to provide the resources needed to help our students realize their greatest potential.  Please consider making a gift to City Year Chicago during this time, in place of your attendance at the event.

Our students and our city need us now more than ever, and our commitment to them is unwavering. Thank you for believing in our work and believing that every child deserves access to equitable education and a promising future.

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City Year Chicago's mission is to advance educational equity and empower under-resourced communities, by providing learning environments that maximize student potential while developing and deploying the next generation of civic-minded change agents. 


City Year Chicago is an education-based non-profit founded in 1994 with 55 AmeriCorps members. Twenty-six years later, 254 AmeriCorps members serve in 31 Chicago Public Schools across the city providing student, classroom, and whole class support.

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Palmer House - CANCELLED