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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 alums.

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The Corps
My Gap Year with City Year Philadelphia
June 27, 2024

Student Success Coach Riya Sembhi (pictured front row, right, with her Sullivan Elementary team) shares her experiences serving a gap…

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The Corps
Diversity, leadership and community: reflections of an HBCU alum
April 3, 2024

If you speak with an HBCU alum about their experience, you’ll quickly learn that service to the community is one…

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Our Impact
Creating impact, one event at a time: Behind the scenes with CYP’s Civic Engagement team
October 5, 2023

Keimahney Carlisle (pictured fourth, red jacket) writes about her experiences serving on City Year Philadelphia’s 2022-23 Civic Engagement team.  …

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The Corps
Ready to Serve: My Journey to City Year Philly
August 16, 2023

Cameron Cheatham, incoming 2023-24 City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps member, writes about his personal experiences that drew him to service.  …

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Benefits & Resources
The AmeriCorps Member Guide to Philadelphia
July 10, 2023

AmeriCorps members pose in front of the “I Love Philly” sign at LOVE Park, 2019.   Making the decision to…

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The Corps
Leadership After City Year: A Q&A with Four 2022-23 CYP Corps Members
June 26, 2023

City Year Philly AmeriCorps members (clockwise from top left) Olivia Baptiste, Jianna Frei, Tomir Johnson, and Amina Khan speak about…

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The Corps
Creating and Maintaining Positive Mentor-Mentee Relationships
June 13, 2023

Why I Serve and What My Day Looks Like When my alarm goes off at 5:45 each morning, I think…

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Our Impact
City Year 101: Math Interventions and Tutoring
April 14, 2023

This blog was updated in January 2024 to reflect the School District of Philadelphia’s changing math curriculum. In this ongoing…

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Our Community
Passionate Journeys: Exploring AmeriCorps Members’ Interests Outside of Service
March 30, 2023

As a City Year Philadelphia (CYP) AmeriCorps member, it’s easy to get consumed in the day-to-day of service. Having hobbies…

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Our Impact
City Year 101: Literacy Tutoring
February 28, 2023

This blog was updated in January 2024 to reflect the School District of Philadelphia’s changing literacy curriculum.  AmeriCorps members at…

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The Corps
Balancing a part-time job with your service year: A guide to working while serving
January 30, 2023

First-Year ACM Taryn Painter (back row, second from left) with her Kensington High School team. To support AmeriCorps members, City…

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Our Impact
City Year 101: Social-Emotional Learning and Mentorship
November 9, 2022

Students at Hartranft Elementary School eagerly greet City Year Philly AmeriCorps members.   In this new ongoing series, we’ll take…

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