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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 alumni.

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Our Alumni

#cyhead2toe: Alums reflect on a decade of service

January 8, 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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Our Alumni

25 years of service: reflections from City Year AmeriCorps first cohort alum, Kanna Kunchala

October 31, 2019

As part of the first class of AmeriCorps members to serve with City Year in 1994-1995, I have had the…

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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

Alumni Profile: Andrea Encarnacao Martin

October 8, 2019

“My City Year experience helped confirm for me how powerful active listening can be in building an authentic bond with…

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Our Alumni

Meet City Year’s newest alums

Despite how challenging service can be at times, 91% of new alumni said they believe that they “had a positive…

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Our Alumni

Meet Our 2019 Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award Winners

July 16, 2019

Since 2005, Comcast NBCUniversal has recognized 77 City Year alumni with our highest alumni recognition–the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award. 

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Our Alumni

From Hawai’i to Tulsa to teaching, a City Year AmeriCorps member reflects on two years of service

July 15, 2019

In the spring of 2017, Jessica Butay, a Hawai’i native who was about to graduate from college in Colorado, had…

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Our Alumni

How national service shaped me

July 10, 2019

Thirty years ago, when I was 17 years old, I was part of an idealistic experiment, a summer pilot program…

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A group of AmeriCorps members walk along the city sidewalk.
Our Alumni

For 30 years, City Year’s alumni have made a difference

June 25, 2019

Over the last 30 years, City Year alumni, now more than 32,000 strong, have been instrumental in helping to drive…

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City Year AmeriCorps Team Leader
Our Alumni

My City Year experience took me to new heights

June 12, 2019

Just as our AmeriCorps members give their all to support our students, our organization and staff strive to give our…

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Our Alumni

City Year alumni teachers: continuing to make a difference in education after their service year

September 26, 2018

As states implement their ESSA plans, there is an opportunity to think creatively about strategies to address teacher shortages. One…

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