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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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Our Impact
MLK Day: making a difference to 3,000 Chicago students
January 19, 2017

This year, City Year Chicago’s Civic Engagement team organized a spectacular day of service at the Marie Curie Metropolitan High…

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Our Impact
Champion profile: Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
May 19, 2016

Their multi-year gift, given at the highest level in City Year’s history, is catalyzing the organization’s ability to deepen its…

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Champion Profile: the Atwood family

At every stage of City Year’s history, Kristen and Jim Atwood and their family have invested passion, resources and countless…

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Champion Profile: David L. Cohen

For more than two decades, David has worked to advance national service opportunities for America’s young people.

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Champion Profile: Diana Davis Spencer

The themes of mentorship and education have shaped both Diana Davis Spencer’s life and the areas of focus for her…

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Champion Profile: Dr. Darienne Driver

Dr. Darienne Driver has led Wisconsin’s largest school district since she was appointed in 2014 at age 36, making her…

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Champion Profile: Interview with Jeff Raider of Harry’s

Harry’s, an innovative men’s grooming company that gives both time and money to organizations that help prepare people for personal…

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Champion profile: interview with Nicole Anderson of AT&T

Nicole Anderson, Assistant Vice President of Social Innovation and President of the AT&T Foundation, shares why the mission alignment of…

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Our Impact
Champion Profile: Steve and Connie Ballmer

If philanthropy is always a mixture of heart and head, then Connie and Steve Ballmer, who launched Ballmer Group to…

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Our Alumni
Champion Profile: Tushara Canekeratne

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

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Benefits & Resources
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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Benefits & Resources
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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