The Connections You’ll Make After City Year

Perhaps one of the greatest resources you’ll have access to after your year with us, is our Leadership After City Year (LACY) Alumni Network, which includes 19,000 past corps members working in a full range of careers from consulting to social work to medicine. This connection, along with all your City Year formal and informal training will help differentiate you in the job market, and will ultimately help you achieve your career goals regardless of the field you choose to go into. We provide all our corps members with these resources to help better our nation’s future by creating better leaders in the workplace and in the community. 

Learn more about the career paths past corps members have taken, and how the City Year experience prepared them on our Career Paths page. 

  1. Most federal student loans qualify for mandatory forbearance based on AmeriCorps enrollment. To ensure participation, please verify the policy on forbearance with your individual lending institution(s). 
  2. Individuals who serve more than one term of service with AmeriCorps may not earn more than the aggregate value of two full-time education awards. 

Career Paths

No matter what career field you want to go into after City Year, your experience with us will help you prepare for it. You’ll gain valuable leadership and career skills that can help you advance and prosper in any sector, from nonprofit, to law, to medicine. These are just a few career paths you can take after City Year:

Business

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The business world is a fast paced environment that’s constantly changing and it’s full of complex problems and ambiguous situations. As a City Year corps member, you’ll work in our nation’s schools with students and communities who face some of our nation’s most pressing issues. You’ll gain applicable business skills by collaborating with a diverse team to create and implement solutions to complicated issues. For those of you interested in business administration and management, City Year provides a rare opportunity to grow as a leader and a citizen while making an impact in the lives of students. You’ll gain practical experience with job responsibilities transferable to the business world: making data informed decisions, goal setting, project management, working as a member of a diverse team, managing difficult conversations, and practicing social responsibility. City Year corps members have gone on to pursue careers in many different business capacities including sales, marketing, and consulting and cite their City Year experience as an important building block for their leadership positions.

Medicine

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For corps members looking at a career in medicine and public health, City Year provides a unique perspective. As a corps member, you have to be compassionate and empathetic, because you’ll be forging personal relationships with students and their families each and every day. You have to be hardworking, persistent, and constantly honing the skills that’ll one day turn you into both a competent and caring physician. You’ll also witness first-hand the impact a lack of access to high quality health care can have on a person, a community, and society at large. City Year alumni working in the medical field say City Year shaped their pathway and provided a solid foundation for their medical career.

Education

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City Year provides a strong foundation for corps members planning to pursue a career in education. During your year of service, you’ll gain an understanding of the challenges students face in high-need urban schools. You’ll also learn how to build relationships with faculty and staff and how a school operates. City Year provides training in research-based socio-emotional learning, literacy, and math. Training is also provided through partnering with school administration to learn pedagogical theories and behavior management practices. You’ll also be given a year’s worth of classroom experience which alumni have found to be especially useful before becoming a full-time teacher. 

Law

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Working as a City Year corps member in our nation’s highest-need schools requires analytical and strategic thinking in order come up with solutions to difficult problems. These real world practices provide a strong foundation for the law field. As a corps member, you’ll gain an understanding of the complex legal challenges that many people growing up in low-income areas face. You’ll develop your ability to understand and assess complicated situations and hone your ability to express yourself clearly and effectively. Many City Year alumni have gone on to pursue careers in the field of public and private law. No matter the field of law, they hold their City Year experience as an important one because it helped them relate to people better, shaped their path within the field and taught them to take initiative and be resourceful.

Nonprofit

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As a corps member, you’ll get a first-hand experience working at a nationally recognized and respected non-profit. With a focus on education, City Year gives you the skills necessary to make an impact in the lives of students by putting innovative non-profit theory into practice.  During your service year you’ll learn to resource map communities, develop plans to meet those needs, and measure the impact of program implementation. City Year will empower you to lead your peers, build relationships with students and the communities you serve, and partner with other organizations within the community.