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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
Three steps to forge positive relationships with students
November 19, 2018

Here are three tips for mentors of all ages who seek to connect with and promote children’s holistic growth by…

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The Corps
Voices from the field: Creating LGBTQQIA+ safe spaces at City Year
November 17, 2018

One way educators can better support LGBTQQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, plus) youth and youth of…

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The Corps
What do City Year AmeriCorps members do? Tutoring and teamwork
November 15, 2018

Tutoring and teamwork are two key components to City Year. As a City Year AmeriCorps member, we serve as tutors…

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The Corps
Take two on service: why my school team leader decided to return for another year of service.
November 6, 2018

Ryan Tierney currently serves as my school’s Team Leader at McLain Junior and Senior High; he served his first year…

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The Corps
Derek Wilson: experience of a first-year Team Leader
November 2, 2018

Coming into the corps for my first year, I did not know what to expect from the organization, inside or…

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The Corps
Why I’m fired up to serve with City Year San Antonio
October 15, 2018

Meioshia grew up in San Antonio, and this year decided to return to her home city to serve other students…

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Jia He learned English after coming to the US as a child
Education
Build Literacy, Build Civic Leaders
September 25, 2018

There’s a picture of me in my mother’s battered “First years in America” album where I’m sipping a Coke from…

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The Corps
“I’m a City Year Now”
September 14, 2018

I’ll let you in on a secret: nobody walks into the first day of school as a City Year AmeriCorps…

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The Corps
10 things incoming AmeriCorps members should know!
August 20, 2018

Advice from City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps member Marquis Robinson.

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The Corps
Seven generations
August 17, 2018

“In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.” -Iroquois Proverb

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The Corps
Advice to future AmeriCorps members…from our Impact Managers!
July 13, 2018

Our Impact Managers work alongside our AmeriCorps members every day. Here’s there advice for a strong year of service!

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The Corps
Lessons I learned from my students
July 2, 2018

Baton Rouge students solving math problems

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