City Year Miami’s Dare to Dream Gala

Benefits City Year Miami

City Year Miami Executive Director & Vice President, Saif Ishoof and Emilio Estefan

Saturday, March 16, 2013
Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction – 6:30 p.m.
Program and Dinner – 8 p.m.
Dancing under the Stars – 9:30 p.m.
Miami Circle (adjacent to the Viceroy)
485 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami

In honor of its 5th Anniversary, City Year Miami will shake things up this year! Leave your evening gowns at home and bring out your best ‘Miami Chic’ party outfit! Enjoy an unforgettable night beginning with cocktails by the river, a fabulous silent auction, City Year Miami’s usual high-energy program and dinner catered by the Viceroy, followed by live music by Jerry Wayne’s Party Band and dancing under the stars. Complete your night with free admission to the newly refurbished FIFTY Ultra Lounge atop the Viceroy with some of the best views the city has to offer. To register click here.

For sponsorship opportunities for the gala, contact Angelica Bertot, Senior Manager of Corporate & Foundation Partnerships, at 786-406-7902 or by e-mail at

Can’t come to the gala? Join us for the Dream On after party at the Miami Circle, immediately following the program. $50 gets you open bar from 9:30 pm to midnight, live music and dancing, a special St. Patty’s Day celebration followed by admission to FIFTY Ultra Lounge. Limited tickets are available so get yours today. Register here for the after party of the year!

About City Year Miami

Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alberto M. Carvalho

The Mission: City Year’s mission is to build democracy through citizen service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship. It is through service that we can demonstrate the power and idealism of young people, engage citizens to benefit the common good, and develop young leaders of the next generation. City Year is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. We have committed to leverage the talent, energy and idealism of corps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate.

City Year places full time, trained young adults in schools to provide individual attention to students who are struggling- so more kids stay in school and on track to succeed. As near peers they are uniquely able to form close relationships with students who need extra care and attention. City Year provides the extra people power in the classroom to help implement the right interventions for the right students at the right times. City Year Miami will be placing 185 corps members in 15 MDCPS schools who will work side-by-side with teachers and use research-based tools and techniques to help students.

Our goal: Students who progress to 10th grade with their peers are four times more likely to graduate than students who fall behind. Our Long-Term Impact goal is to ensure 80% of the students in the schools City Year serves reach 10th grade on track and on time, and to serve the majority of at-risk students in the locations where City Year serves. City Year will focus that service in the communities where the dropout challenge is most concentrated, ultimately serving in the cities that account for two-thirds of the nation’s urban dropouts.

Our strategy: Students at risk of dropping out can be identified as early as elementary school by three early warning indicators known as the ABC’s: poor Attendance, disruptive Behavior and Course failure in math and English. City Year partners with public schools. We provide the extra people power to help schools implement intervention research shows to be effective, for the right students at the right times.

By focusing our work in 3rd-9th grade, we provide a continuum of care, and saturate feeder patterns so students who need help receive multiple, consecutive years of interventions and supports. Our Long-Term Impact strategy will ensure students have an opportunity to improve their performance that couldn’t be achieved by focusing on a single grade or single intervention alone.

Watch our “potential” video!

The City Year Board of Directors
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