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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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Education
Why City Year strives to ensure that students come to #SchoolEveryDay
September 11, 2017

Research shows that chronic absenteeism is an indicator that a student is in trouble academically and is at increased risk…

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Education
Exploring growth mindset in high-need schools. Highlight: Detroit
June 30, 2017

Learn about City Year’s ongoing efforts to integrate research-based academic and social-emotional supports in schools across the country.

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Benefits & Resources
Five strategies for confronting oppression [voices from the field]
May 29, 2017

As we struggle as a country to grasp why some people are given opportunities while others struggle just to get to…

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Benefits & Resources
City Year application tips
April 19, 2017

Here at City Year, we want to make our application process as smooth as possible. Here’s a checklist of application…

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Education
Building relationships through a shared love of reading
March 8, 2017

During the class reading time, Jolene would cringe when it was her turn to read out loud and often didn’t…

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Education
Spring means serious business in our schools
March 2, 2017

All of the standardized tests my students will be taking soon are rigorous, and for third graders represents a certain…

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Benefits & Resources
Use your gap year to strengthen your law school application
January 23, 2017

Interested in law school? One university partner believes that a gap year allows applicants the opportunity to gain valuable skills.

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Benefits & Resources
3 tips for AmeriCorps Alumni Applying To Graduate School
April 21, 2016

City Year helped me understand our education system through service in schools and through a university partnership that helped me…

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Benefits & Resources
Top 3 soft skills employers want you to have
April 5, 2016

Read more and check the City Year blog to learn the soft skills our corps members gain through a year…

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Benefits & Resources
Preparing for life after City Year
March 11, 2016

Being a City Year AmeriCorps member is not only a transformative opportunity to make a lasting impact in the lives…

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Benefits & Resources
Surviving the housing headache
March 3, 2016

Read on for advice from a City Year alum on finding housing before a year of service

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Education
Connecting social justice and literacy
October 8, 2015

Learn more about literacy for social justice at City Year schools as an avenue to educational equity.

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