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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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From the desk of Dr. Catherine Cushinberry
February 12, 2019

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry attended a parent open house at Brownsville Road Elementary. It was an event hosted by the team…

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Three Corpsmembers lead a room of volunteers in physical training.
Our Impact
MLK Day of Service 2019
January 29, 2019

On Monday, January 21, frigid winter temperatures were no match for nearly 1,000 volunteers who turned out for City Year…

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Our Impact
Learning to be Super: City Year’s Leadership Lunch Curriculum Supports Social-Emotional Growth
January 16, 2019

Starting the City Year experience, the thing I was most looking forward to being involved in was Leadership Lunch. I…

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Miko Crosby works with students in their literacy group
The Corps
A Day in the Life of My Literacy Group
January 9, 2019

We’re all settling down after recess. The hands on the clock hit 12:35 p.m. and four students stand up, each…

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Two male middle school students walk alongside two City Year AmeriCorps members outside school on a sunny day
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Giving back to the beloved community
January 8, 2019

In 2008, several schools in Los Angeles were deemed “drop out factories.” Despite this label, a dedicated group of teachers challenged…

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Sherry Leung completes her first marathon in honor of City Year
Our Alumni
Running with Sherry Leung: an Alumna’s Commitment to #makebetterhappen
December 17, 2018

Believe or not, I used to really hate running. Running was a constant reminder for me of all the things…

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Education
LGTQIA
November 20, 2018

October was LGBTQIA+ history month. It’s a great time to do some reflection and look at how far we have…

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Our Impact
Three generations of making better happen
November 16, 2018

Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, I witnessed a lot in my community: teen pregnancy, homelessness, drug addiction. It scared…

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Two students with backpacks walking on a sidewalk near a school with a City Year Corps Member
Education
To keep students connected to #SchoolEveryDay, remind them how much they matter
November 7, 2018

According to a new report by Attendance Works, 15% of all U.S. students — one out of seven — are…

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Education
Caring relationships and student well-being are key to academic success
October 10, 2018

Sometimes referred to as non-cognitive skills, social and emotional aptitudes such as self-management, goal-setting and problem solving have, in the…

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Our Impact
Sending forth tiny ripples of hope

On Sept. 25th we celebrated Opening Day with Los Angeles Unified Board President Monica Garcia and Assembly member Miguel Santiago,…

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A city year americorps member looks on from the back of a classroom as a teacher writes on a board and students look on
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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