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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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Benefits & Resources
Five nonprofit management program scholarships for City Year alumni
December 4, 2017

City Year empowers you to lead your peers, build relationships with students and the communities you serve and partner with…

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The Corps
Voices from the field: teaching’s challenges and rewards
November 20, 2017

Growing up, I loved everything that came with attending my local public schools in Milledgeville, Georgia. From a very young…

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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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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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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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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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