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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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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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Our Impact
Investing in relationships: how one Cleveland high school “moves the needle” for students
September 5, 2017

Maddie DeLong built a number of special relationships with students during her service year as a City Year Cleveland AmeriCorps…

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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 Impact
Mentoring students: a two-way street
July 31, 2017

City Year Providence AmeriCorps alumnus Justin Roias knows firsthand how positive relationships with caring adults can help children succeed as…

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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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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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Benefits & Resources
Five strategies for confronting oppression [voices from the field]
May 29, 2017

As we struggle as a country to grasp why some people are given opportunities while others struggle just to get to…

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Our Impact
Inspiring students to give back to their community at Comcast Cares Day
May 19, 2017

Comcast Cares Day is more than just a service day for Comcast NBCUniversal employees and partners. It’s a day to…

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Benefits & Resources
City Year application tips
April 19, 2017

Here at City Year, we want to make our application process as smooth as possible. Here’s a checklist of application…

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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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