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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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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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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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The Corps
What do AmeriCorps members do? Build relationships to help students succeed
February 13, 2017

From the start, I knew that in order to be successful, I needed to develop positive relationships with my teammates,…

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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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The Corps
City Year AmeriCorps members own unique responsibilities as coordinators
December 22, 2016

Leading initiatives and planning events are two key components of the City Year AmeriCorps member role. Learn more about these…

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The Corps
A parent’s perspective
October 16, 2016

Service to cause greater than self is one of City Year’s values. As a parent and educator, I have realized…

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The Corps
A day in the life of a CYSC AmierCorps member
June 9, 2016

Between the minutes of my first and second alarm, I think of how warm my bed is until my mind…

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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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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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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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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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The Corps
Giving Thanks on #GivingTuesday
November 13, 2014

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the eight of us who comprise the team took a moment to reflect…

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