Andrew Stein grew up in Detroit, graduated from Detroit Country Day and then headed off to Michigan State University, where he thought law school would be his next move. Then, Stein heard about City Year and their passion for service and progressive change.

He applied in both Detroit and D.C., which was where his dad lived, and ended up packing his bags and heading to Washington D.C. to launch into a new community where he knew almost no one.

City Year is a national organization that facilitates not only teacher relief but classroom support, careful and conscious programming and mentorship, by way of young-adults, called City Year AmeriCorps members, who desire to be a part of the bigger picture and help struggling communities find hope in education and teamwork.

City Year functions in about 27 cities with 150 school-wide programs and the City Year AmeriCorps members provide reading and math tutoring, attendance coaching, behavioral guidance, after-school homework help, which is all a part of the mission to prevent drop-outs.

Specifically, City Year Detroit has corps members serving in 11 schools with an overall reach of about 4,720 students.

The services provided are amongst strong and talented teachers and administrators but even with a steady team it’s hard to tackle all challenges students face, so corps members train to be helpful in the classroom and create environments conducive to that of the teachers and staff. City Year AmeriCorps members serve for a full year.

“We take the energy that young people have and stretch it a year,” he said. “Teachers that do this are superheroes.”

Stein started his City Year AmeriCorps member status in 2004 and ended up staying in D.C. for law school at Georgetown University, but he never lost his adoration and appreciation for City Year.

“I got hooked,” he said.

Stein went to law school and continued community service work while studying. In the following years, he met his wife, had two children and worked at a law firm while keeping a passion for education.

Stein found out that the woman in the City Year Detroit Executive Director position was set to retire and he decided to throw his hat in the ring.

“It was a no brainer,” Stein said.

After contemplating more about his roots and his desire to facilitate change and progress in a city with drive, Stein made up his mind.

“If I’m doing this work I should be doing it in Detroit,” he said. “It’s home to me.”

Stein spends his workday collaborating with like-minded individuals to work toward dropout prevention and enjoys his role at City Year Detroit.

“I feel very humble and grateful.”

For more information on the program and upcoming events, visit cityyear.org.

Erica N. Rakowicz/After 5


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