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Red Jacket Society

City Year’s Red Jacket Society (RJS) is a community of philanthropic individuals and families who believe in the power of the City Year jacket to help students and schools succeed.

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In the communities we serve, the City Year jacket is a powerful symbol of idealism and the power of young people to make a difference. By joining RJS, you can help make possible the work of City Year AmeriCorps members, ensuring that students have a chance to “grow up with City Year” and build the skills and mindsets to thrive in school and out.

The red jacket means being part of something bigger than yourself. We are changing lives by supporting City Year.

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Sandy Edgerley Founding National Chair, Red Jacket Society

City Year Red Jacket Society

The Red Jacket Society is a growing community of philanthropic leaders and families who believe in the power of the City Year jacket to help students meet their greatest potential. We need people like you who share our belief that we all benefit when we invest in the success of young people.

Worn by more than 35,000 young adults over three decades and 3,000 current City Year AmeriCorps members, the City Year jacket is an inspiring symbol of commitment, optimism and service to others. City Year AmeriCorps members serve students for a year or more at 300+ public schools across the country as student success coaches who help learners develop key skills and mindsets and engage more deeply with their learning.

The personalized supports provided by City Year AmeriCorps members, who serve as tutors, mentors and role models in systemically under-resourced schools, advance educational equity and contribute to thriving communities. Research shows that our strategy to strengthen both academic and social-emotional skills, like teamwork and perseverance, helps students succeed.

As part of a dedicated and dynamic network of champions and leaders, the Red Jacket Society is helping students in 29 cities across the U.S. stay on track to graduate from high school ready for college and career success.

Red Jacket Society annual membership levels

More than 500 Red Jacket Society members represent a network of philanthropic leaders and families who support City Year’s work across the United States.

Membership levels

  • Platinum – $100,000
  • Gold – $50,000
  • Silver – $25,000
  • Bronze – $10,000

Red Jacket Society Membership Benefits

  • A City Year jacket for bronze, silver and gold members who make a three-year commitment, or for platinum members who give in their first year
  • Special invitations to local and national events
  • Personalized updates from a City Year AmeriCorps Member ambassador
  • Recognition in national and local City Year materials
  • Inclusion on national City Year communications
  • Access to a network of fellow RJS members

For more information about the Red Jacket Society, please contact Sheeren Bellinghausen.

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