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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
Making sense out of math with games, competition and ‘growth mindset’
April 9, 2019

A battle of mathematical wits is playing out in a cramped but colorful classroom. Ruben*, an outgoing fourth-grader with dark…

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Education
Getting a first chance to code with City Year
March 21, 2019

It’s a wintry, late afternoon in the Bronx, and teachers and students stream outside into the cold air at the…

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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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Education
Building strategic partnerships to provide students with year-round learning support
September 19, 2018

City Year and BellXcel are developing a new collaborative partnership because we know that for students to succeed in the classroom…

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Education
Photo essay: inspiring girls to believe in themselves
August 13, 2018

Two years ago, Tatiyana Murray was 21, wrapping up her bachelor’s degree in political science and searching for a meaningful experience as her…

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Education
City Year: A breakthrough innovation in education
May 28, 2018

City Year seeks to understand the graduation gap and utilize national service to enhance equitable learning opportunities.

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Education
Voices from the field: the power of caring adults to support students’ social-emotional needs
May 16, 2018

Learn more about the City Year AmeriCorps service experience, which prioritizes building relationships as a tool for equitable learning.

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Education
National service fuels a holistic approach to student and school success in our highest-need communities
October 2, 2017

Our three decades of youth development experience, along with external research, has shown that students’ academic success is directly tied…

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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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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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