Celanese and City Year: Making Better Happen in Dallas

The hallways of Franklin D. Roosevelt High School are now much quieter than they were a month ago. Students are taking a break from lessons and lectures as they enjoy the summer months. Though, when they return, their hallways, gyms, and outdoor spaces will be more beautiful than when they left thanks to the partnership of City Year and the Celanese Foundation. On May 29th, nearing the end of the school year, Celanese employees visited Roosevelt to paint the hallways and gyms, plant gardens, and build picnic tables to create a more welcoming environment for the students when they return.

Celanese is proud to be City Year Dallas’s founding national partner. Each year, City Year sends highly trained AmeriCorps members into high-poverty urban schools to work full-time with students as tutors, mentors, and role models. The Celanese Foundation supports City Year’s work in Dallas schools and will continue to engage Celanese employees in more school-based projects like the City Year Service Day. The Celanese Foundation is excited to invest in a non-profit organization like City Year, which truly believes in improving the world one student at a time.

Watch this video to hear students, City Year members, and Celanese employees talk about the impact City Year is already making in Dallas.

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The Celanese Foundation focuses on initiatives to improve the fundamental living conditions of people, with an emphasis on families and children. We are focused on areas of great need, where we can bring the resources and expertise of our corporation and our employees together with local partners to create meaningful, sustained change.

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  1. Jillian Richardson says:

    The partnership between Celanese and City Year is magic in the making! If these are the results after 6 months, I can’t wait to see all the progress that will be made in the years to come!

  2. Diane Tanner says:

    Such a fun day! So glad to see our efforts making a difference at Roosevelt. We helped them, but to me, we were the ones that benefited so much from this rewarding experience.

  3. Ashley Hamilton says:

    I’m so proud to be the Program Manager who gets to work with Celanese, the AmeriCorps Members and these great students! Our partnership has made such an impact already. The impact that we will make in the future will be monumental. Improving the world and making better happen one scholar at a time! Thank you for highlighting these great students and these great AmeriCorps Members!

  4. Adolph says:

    It’s truly remarkable to see the level of impact that City Year has made at Roosevelt High School in such a short spam. Proud to part of this effort.

  5. Caitlin McCoy says:

    After meeting the students and hearing their stories about City Year, it’s evident that this organization is making a genuine, tangible impact. Super impressive. I know their lives will be forever changed! It’s truly an honor to join them on their journey to make better happen 🙂

  6. Aimee Flato says:

    Thank you for creating this wonderful memory of my first year of service in Dallas. I tutored the final student personally, and I can’t describe how much her tears meant to me. Thank you for your support Celanese.

  7. Thomas E. Moore, PhD says:

    Many people who have experienced educational success, have done so as a corollary of someone else’s philanthropy. It is great to see City Year and Celanese collaborate to positively impact the educational experience for students in Dallas!

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