Celanese Corp. recently announced its leadership role in the formation of a multi-year partnership with City Year, an education-focused nonprofit that intends to bring to Dallas a proven national program that improves the educational outcomes in high-need urban schools. City Year is working with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) to launch a pilot program in two schools this winter. City Year will partner with the district to help students in its highest-need schools graduate from high school prepared for college and future careers.
The formation of City Year Dallas has been led by the Celanese Foundation, along with the WW Caruth, Jr. Foundation, the Mark and Rachel Rohr Foundation, AT&T, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and the Meadows Foundation.
“At Celanese, we are committed to improving educational outcomes for students,” said Mark Rohr, chairman and CEO. “I have witnessed the success of City Year’s data-driven model in other cities across the country, and we wanted to ensure that students in this community have every opportunity to meet their potential.”
The Celanese Foundation has committed $1.6 million over the next four years to support City Year’s efforts. The partnership with City Year begins at Roosevelt High School in East Oak Cliff, a district south of downtown Dallas on the edge of transformation, where the foundation is sponsoring a team of City Year AmeriCorps members to make an impact by investing time, resources, and talent. Celanese’s investment will reportedly provide the necessary resources and employee volunteers to support leadership and professional development of the AmeriCorps members through programming, participation in high-impact service projects, and helping transform schools.