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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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The Corps
Using empathy to facilitate difficult conversations
November 8, 2017

Karinne Caisse, City Year Sacramento Team Leader, shares how the tools and trainings that City Year provided help her navigate…

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The Corps
Voices from the field: supporting and celebrating our AmeriCorps members of color
October 18, 2017

A 2017 study found that having just one black teacher in elementary school (third, fourth or fifth grade) reduced the…

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The Corps
How City Year AmeriCorps members nurture students’ social-emotional growth — and their own.
August 28, 2017

This extended day program at Sarah Greenwood School in Boston offers students a chance to receive tutoring and extra homework…

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Our Alumni
A message from our CEO and co-founder on recent events in Charlottesville
August 14, 2017

“Like millions of my fellow Americans, I was outraged and saddened by the events in Charlottesville this weekend. City Year…

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The Corps
Reflections on the “I serve” statement
July 17, 2017

At the beginning of every service year, each City Year AmeriCorps member has the opportunity to craft a personal “I…

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Our Alumni
Meet our 2017 Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards winners
July 12, 2017

Since 2005, Comcast NBCUniversal has recognized 67 City Year alumni with our highest alumni recognition, the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award.

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The Corps
Overcoming fear: mentoring’s challenges and rewards [Voices from the Field]
July 6, 2017

“What is an irrational fear you have?” This was a question I asked Manuel*, a tenth-grade student I mentored during…

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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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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 AmeriCorps 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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School supplies.
Our Alumni
Champion Profile: Tushara Canekeratne
May 19, 2016

From her earliest days growing up in Colombo, Sri Lanka, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tushara Canekeratne understood the power of relationships…

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