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Saifishoofis Keen On His Cadre Of17 To 24yearold Volunteers Who Are Helping To Turnaround The Lives Of High School Kids

Written by on June 28, 2012

Saif Y. Ishoof is fanatical about students. Close to his heart are students who skip school, who can’t handle English and math, and who come from poverty-stricken homes.

Mr. Ishoof lives to help them, along with volunteers he calls his "core members" — 17- to 24-year-olds from South Florida and across the nation — who take a year off from their lives to mentor and tutor students in Miami-Dade public schools.

Mr. Ishoof is executive director of City Year, an organization that partners with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and teachers and parents in taking on the system’s toughest task — keeping students on the path to graduation.

City Year volunteers are known in the communities by their red jackets with the organization’s logo.

"Some people said when they see the red jacket it’s like a lifejacket that’s able to reach into the ocean of impossibilities that lies out there," he said. "We want to invest and be able to unlock the potential of those students and get them back on track, so they can graduate on track with their peers."

City Year’s 2012 group of 134 volunteers served more than 3,000 students. But Mr. Ishoof wants to do more during the 2012-13 school year. With 200 volunteers, "We’d be able to serve an additional 2,000 students in Miami-Dade County."

Mr. Ishoof talked about City Year, a national organization founded in Boston, and the work his young cadre of volunteers is doing in the public school system here with Miami Today’s Lou Ortiz.To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2012 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1″);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview(); var _rsCI=”us-bpaww”; var _rsCG=”0″; var _rsDN=”//”; var _rsPLfl=0; var _rsSE=1; var _rsSM=1.0; var _rsCL=1;