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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
Building relationships through a shared love of reading
March 8, 2017

During the class reading time, Jolene would cringe when it was her turn to read out loud and often didn’t…

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Education
Spring means serious business in our schools
March 2, 2017

All of the standardized tests my students will be taking soon are rigorous, and for third graders represents a certain…

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Benefits & Resources
Use your gap year to strengthen your law school application
January 23, 2017

Interested in law school? One university partner believes that a gap year allows applicants the opportunity to gain valuable skills.

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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: Diana Davis Spencer
May 19, 2016

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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Our Impact
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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Our Impact
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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Our Impact
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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Our Impact
Champion profile: Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

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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Our Impact
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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National Strategic Partners
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National Partners
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  • Celanese logo
  • NFL Inspire Change logo
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