If you’re a student at Denny International Middle School in West Seattle, a lively scene of chanting and singing welcomes you as you arrive for class each morning. The routine is just the beginning of the many duties that the school’s City Year corps members perform during the day.
Denny is one of two schools in Seattle participating in the anti-dropout Diplomas Now program, and City Year youth – who call themselves “near peers” – are an important part if it. They target kids who are frequently late to class (or don’t show up at all), knowing that sixth graders who miss 10 percent of school – 18 days in Seattle – have no better than a 20 percent chance of graduating high school on time.
Check out the video above to find out more about Diplomas Now and see the City Year corps members in action.
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