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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
Views from City Year: Opening Day 2021
September 29, 2021

On Saturday, September 18, City Year New Hampshire kicked off our 2021-22 service year with our annual Opening Day ceremony….

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Our Alumni
Celebrating equity champion Emerald Anderson-Ford, City Year New Hampshire ’09, ‘10
September 30, 2021

As an activist and equity strategist, Emerald has committed her life’s work to both finding joy and the liberation of…

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Our Alumni
Meet Brandon Chaderton: City Year Alum and Presidential Appointee
August 23, 2021

Whether serving with City Year, working on a political campaign, or his new role as a presidential appointee—Brandon is committed…

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Our Alumni
Meet educator and City Year alum Bianca Lynch (Washington D.C. ’03)
July 23, 2021

“The structure of City Year is something that I try to bring into not only my classroom, but my personal…

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Dre Thomas City Year and Smile on me
Our Alumni
Celebrating City Year alum and nonprofit founder Dre Thomas
July 13, 2021

Learn more about Dre Thomas, a City Year alum who is constantly pushing the envelope and expanding the reach and…

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Our Alumni
City Year is a leadership laboratory
May 18, 2020

Rep. Matt Wilhelm’s City Year experience inspired a deep appreciation for national service and made him a lifelong advocate of…

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Our Alumni
A note in honor of AmeriCorps Appreciation Month
March 26, 2020

As the heart of this organization, we simply could not do this work without you. Thank you.

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Our Alumni
Celebrating Women’s History Month: how womanism can heal
March 11, 2020

A City Year alum who now works for City Year Detroit shares her reflections during Women’s History Month about the…

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Our Alumni
Lessons learned from City Year to Peace Corps
March 2, 2020

Going from a gap year with City Year to Peace Corps was a natural next step for this alum. Read…

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City Year Columbus alum Alen Amimi stands in a group hug with his teammates
Our Alumni
#cyhead2toe: Alums reflect on a decade of service
February 6, 2020

we invited several members of our 32,000+ alumni community to share short uniform stories that explore the power and potential…

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Jim Balfanz, President and CEO of City Year
Our Alumni
James A. Balfanz Announced as City Year CEO
December 6, 2019

Please join us in congratulating Jim Balfanz on his appointment as CEO of City Year.

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Peace Corps to City Year AmeriCorps
Our Alumni
Choosing a life of service: from Peace Corps to City Year
October 30, 2019

When you’ve been a part of something greater than yourself it’s impossible to return to business as usual. I knew…

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Our Alumni
Meet City Year’s newest alums
October 8, 2019

City Year AmeriCorps members officially became alumni, joining a vibrant community that continues to strengthen the neighborhoods where they live…

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