Two different approaches address a common goal
What is METCO? METCO is a voluntary school desegregation program that brings non-white students from urban areas to attend predominantly white suburban schools. Although METCO initially focused on desegregating schools across Massachusetts, it has expanded its impact tremendously. The program provides unique educational opportunities for students living in urban areas. METCO students are not only desegregating suburban schools, but also taking advantage of the exceptional resources provided by them. With the existing dropout rate crisis in Boston, METCO introduces its students into a variety of school environments to get them on the right path to succeed. An interesting question rises, however, when comparing the efforts of METCO to another education focused program called City Year. City Year is a nonprofit organization that unites teams of young people for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduate. The two programs relate in that they both provide students with resources, motivation, and the opportunity to succeed each and every day. Their methods differ because METCO takes students away from home to give them equal educational advantages while City Year provides direct aid to the schools and neighborhoods in need. Does one of the two programs address the educational issues across Massachusetts in a more effective way? Although the METCO program has been around longer than City Year, City Year continues to grow as an organization and deeply touches the students and families it comes in contact with each day. If introducing diversity into suburban schools is the goal, the METCO program does that and so much more. If attacking the crises that currently exist in the Boston Public School system is the priority, turning to City Year is the answer. Apply to become a City Year corps member to see what YOU can do for cities like Boston!