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Our deepest beliefs and highest aspirations

City Year’s core values represent the deepest beliefs and highest aspirations of our organization. We strive to ensure that these values animate our culture of idealism, inspire our actions, and inform our decisions on a daily basis.

Founding Stories

Fundamental Motivations For Our Work

At the center of City Year’s idealistic culture is a growing collection of stories and quotes from many cultures called “Founding Stories”. The Founding Stories are the collective civic values that guide City Year, set the organization on course, and remind us of the most fundamental motivations for our work.