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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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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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Niagara Falls sits less than 20 miles from City Year Buffalo
Our Alumni
From City Year Baton Rouge to City Year Buffalo
April 1, 2019

Where I am today began with an idea of a year of service from an unlikely place.

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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
Black History Month: Honoring Lincoln University as a pioneer in education
February 20, 2019

In honor of Black History Month, City Year Philadelphia is pleased to honor not only people who are African-American Pioneers in education, but…

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Our Impact
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
Our Impact
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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