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Read a collection of stories and learn from the perspectives and experiences of our City Year Americorps members, students, partners and alumni.

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The Corps
Waving My Rainbow Flag
May 27, 2020

As a queer woman of color, my identities are something that I think about all the time; in every aspect…

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Hector and his team
The Corps
AmeriCorps Member Spotlight
April 23, 2020

My students have impacted me, as much as I have impacted them because they help me to understand what students…

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Education
With Patience and Support Comes Student Success
April 8, 2020

In January 2020, I was given the task of helping a student out in English, who could not grasp the…

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The Corps
The Value of Team
March 6, 2020

“Do you have any experience working on a team?” was one of the first questions I was asked in my…

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The Corps
What Ubuntu Means to Me and My Service Year
February 11, 2020

I was born at Mercy Hospital near Chicago’s Motor District on the Southside. I didn’t grow up in Chicago’s Southside,…

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Our Impact
A Recap of MLK Day 2020
January 30, 2020

Bright and early on the morning on January 20, 2020, over 700 volunteers gathered at Robert Nathaniel Dett Elementary School…

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The Corps
Women’s History Month: Which women inspire our corps members?
October 23, 2019

As we celebrate City Year AmeriCorps Member Appreciation Month, Women’s History Month is also underway. Marketing and Communications Intern Kia Smith…

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Benefits & Resources
When professional development and service go hand-in-hand

With this year’s MLK Day of Service behind us now, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the day means…

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The Corps
Everyone deserves an education: why I serve with City Year Chicago

A year of service—what does that even mean? Looking into what a year of service is, I think digging into…

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The Corps
Chicago students need mentors like you
October 8, 2019

City Year AmeriCorps members have been serving Chicago for the last 25 years. Read on to learn what City Year…

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Downtown Chicago is the perfect place to spend a year of service at City Year
Benefits & Resources
5 things we love about Chicago
April 24, 2019

learn why we think the Windy City is an amazing place to live and work.

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The Corps
How to mentor like a pro
February 11, 2019

Tj, who serves at City Year Chicago, last year sought an opportunity to get coached himself with the help of…

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