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AmeriCorps member and alumni outcomes

At a glance

3,000 AmeriCorps members serving annually

35,000 alumni

93% of alumni agreed City Year helped them to develop relationships with people from different backgrounds than their own

91% of alumni said their City Year experience had a significantly positive impact on their lives


Partnering with AmeriCorps members and alumni

One of City Year’s core beliefs is that diverse teams of young people who are working across lines of difference for the common good have the power to drive lasting social impact.

By tapping into the potential of young adults through national service in schools, City Year helps to nurture leaders, learners, innovators and engaged citizens. The experience of working, problem solving and celebrating wins with team members from different backgrounds shows young people the possibilities and rewards of collaboration and diversity, and creates a strong sense of a shared national community.

Supporting AmeriCorps members through COVID-19 and a national racial reckoning

The safety and well-being of AmeriCorps members, and the students, teachers and school communities we partner with, was City Year’s top priority throughout the challenges and opportunities of 2020.

City Year focused on supporting AmeriCorps members, both professionally and personally, as the organization shifted to virtual service and programming so AmeriCorps members could continue their work with students after school buildings shuttered in March 2020. Some of our priorities included:

  • Delivering technology and tools to all of our AmeriCorps members, including daily remote trainings covering topics like Google classroom, how to support students with distance learning, and challenges students may face upon return to school.
  • Ensuring that all City Year AmeriCorps members continued to receive their full living stipends and benefits.
  • Offering additional mental health resources and more flexibility for AmeriCorps members to take time for self-care and civic action.
  • Holding regular community connections space online for staff and AmeriCorps members to build community, ask questions and receive updates.

Despite the challenges of serving students and schools during the early months of the pandemic, AmeriCorps members who served during 2019-2020 reported some of the highest corps satisfaction and engagement results in City Year’s history.

According to end-of-year corps survey results:

  • 91% agreed or strongly agreed with “I am proud to have served at City Year.”
  • 82% of the graduating corps graduated with positive engagement score in their relationship to City Year.
  • 73% of the corps agreed or strongly agreed with “I would recommend City Year as a great place to volunteer and serve.”

Of this cohort, 22% of AmeriCorps members decided to return to serve a second year (2020-2021)—the highest percentage yet of returning corps.

Developing leaders for life: 2020 alumni survey

City Year’s 35,000 alumni lead and serve across a broad range of professions, including business, education, technology and health.

In 2020, we conducted our second all-alumni survey to learn more about our alumni, their careers and civic engagement, and their impact in our communities.

  • City Year alumni report being better prepared to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and demonstrate increased civic engagement, including voting, volunteerism and other community involvement.
  • Nearly half of AmeriCorps members—44%—remain in the community where they served, contributing to the local economy, workforce and social fabric.

Career Fields Annual Report 2020

Impact in education sector

Thousands of City Year AmeriCorps alumni are contributing to a more diverse, prepared and committed talent pool for teaching positions and the education sector overall.

  • 52% of City Year alumni work in the education sector as teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, youth practitioners and at education-focused nonprofits.
  • 13% of City Year alumni are classroom teachers.

Learn more about the alumni survey

New partnership to understand impact of national service

City Year recently announced a partnership with Cornell University and Einhorn Collaborative, a foundation dedicated to addressing America’s growing crisis of connection, to understand the impacts of alumni participating in national service with City Year or community-engaged learning activities at Cornell University. The research project will help City Year, Cornell and the broader youth development field understand how and under what circumstances would their alumni, who bring significant diversity in terms of backgrounds and experiences, show up as educated global citizens who practice respect and empathy, seek collaboration and cooperation, and embrace differences and diversity in all aspects of their lives.

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