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First Ever Partnership with City Year
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First Ever Partnership with City Year

In May 2005, Notre Dame College became the first institution of higher learning to offer City Year graduates a discount in tuition. The agreement offers graduates from any City Year chapter up to a 50 percent reduction in tuition.

City Year is a community volunteer force that offers 17-24 year olds a year of full-time service in urban, public education, leadership, development and civic engagement. Corps members serve as mentors and tutors to elementary, middle and high school students, run after school programs, teach health and safety curricula, lead, recruit and inspire volunteers and work with the community on many other projects.

Moved by the stories he heard at City Year Cleveland’s Idealism in Action Luncheon, David A. Armstrong, Esq., Dean of Admissions at Notre Dame, felt compelled to begin building a relationship with the organization. “Before that luncheon, Cleveland had just been ranked number one in poverty in the nation,” he recalled. “Notre Dame was looking for a way to make an immediate impact to help improve the Cleveland area. After hearing the City Year students speak, it was obvious we could partner with this group that was mentoring young people to make a difference in our region.”

Given the mission of the College and the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, it was evident that forming an agreement would fit the mission of the College to “educate a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility.”

Leaders within City Year share Notre Dame’s enthusiasm for the partnership. According to Gretchen Faro, Executive Director of City Year Cleveland, “Notre Dame College’s relationship with City Year Cleveland is a model for cooperation between institutions of higher learning and youth leadership programs. It demonstrates the value that Notre Dame places on national service in the development of a truly well-rounded citizen.”

Benjamin Bisbee, Senior Recruitment Manager for City Year Cleveland, agrees, saying, “City Year Cleveland is proud of our relationship with Notre Dame College in our mutual promotion of higher education and community collaboration. Creating an unparalleled ripple in the City Year National network for years to come, they will provide an educational opportunity like no other for potentially hundreds of City Year alumni.”

The relationship is already paying dividends as three City Year students matriculated to Notre Dame College in the fall of 2005: Eris Dyson, a 2002 graduate of Shaker Heights High School, Tosca Solomon, a 2003 graduate of Shaker Heights High School and Liquetta Melton, a 2000 graduate of Jane Addams High School.

Jameka Windham ‘99 is the assistant director of admissions at Notre Dame College.