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Our stories

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

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Our Alumni
The Cycle of Opportunity: A Year Commitment That Resonates For A Lifetime
May 22, 2024

When Lisa Owusu first moved to Jacksonville for a year of service with City Year, she never imagined that she…

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Education
We Can’t Do It Alone: A Conversation with Duval County School Board Chair Darryl Willie
April 24, 2024

Throughout his personal and professional life, Duval County School Board Chair Darryl Willie has developed a keen eye for what…

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Our Impact
Reflecting on 10 years with City Year Jacksonville’s Veronika McDougald
March 26, 2024

As we celebrate a decade of service to the Jacksonville community, it’s impossible to overlook the significant contributions of Veronika…

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Our Impact
Academic gains during COVID-19
April 13, 2021

Destiny Harden, City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps member, shares how she helped one of her fourth-grade students make significant progress in…

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City Year AmeriCorps member on busy city street
The Corps
Seven cities where you can make a difference to students
March 10, 2021

Explore seven cities where we have a need for extraordinary young people to serve and mentor students.

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AmeriCorps member in Jacksonville, Florida talking with a student.
Our Impact
From City Year student to AmeriCorps member
September 8, 2020

“I know what it felt like to get left behind,” says Colby, a Service Leader serving his second year with…

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Our Alumni
Back to school with positivity, change and solutions
August 17, 2020

City Year Jacksonville alum Chelsea Sanders is now a teacher at the same school she served in. Read how she…

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Our Impact
The reality of service and student progress
July 31, 2020

Working in schools can push you to a breaking point, but there will be progress.

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City Year Alum, Emily Wasek, poses with her partner teacher at a Duval County Public School.
Our Alumni
Closure to my service year in the form of popcorn chicken
April 28, 2020

City Year Jacksonville alum Emily Wasek shares when she knew that she was responsible for great change in her students’…

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The Corps
Why I served and continue to serve
March 31, 2020

City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps member Ray Van Allen chose to serve to spend time after college and before graduate school…

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The Corps
Update: City Year Jacksonville’s response to Covid-19
March 18, 2020

The safety and well-being of our City Year AmeriCorps members, students, staff, partners and broader communities we serve is always…

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Our Impact
Standing on the shoulders of giants: Reflecting on Dr. King’s legacy
February 24, 2020

For three hours, City Year marched the streets of downtown Jacksonville calling out, “We get to serve today and every…

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