The Working Model
We enable Honor Society high school students currently from the Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics (“MCSM”) to become the tutors of the elementary school kids, providing them with a real and achievable role model. We are building bridges of inspiration and relationships.
Like the Roberto Clemente Elementary School, MCSM also has a population of mostly Blacks and Hispanics from low-income families. Even so, their student achievement was classified as “Excellent” by the NYC DOE in 20187.
98.2% 4-year graduation rate
93% Graduate college-ready
MCSM students excel at a citywide level, surpassing the NYC average graduation rates by almost 50% and ranking among the highest schools in impact and performance.
The City Lights program works around a schedule with basic rules. Students enjoy the experience by learning structure in a fun way. In addition, City Lights will serve as workforce development and social enterprise business model that challenges, loves, and strengthens our youth while they discover the dignity of work and of giving back to a meaningful cause.
Our tutors are also empowered and transformed by receiving responsibility for an assignment that will boost their confidence and give them hope for their own future.