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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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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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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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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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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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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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Our Impact
Champion profile: interview with Nicole Anderson of AT&T
May 19, 2016

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 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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