At a glance
3,000 AmeriCorps members serving annually
96% of alumni say their City Year experience helped them learn how to work across lines of difference
82% of alumni say their service with City Year increased the ways in which they are civically engaged
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 develop 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.
Helping AmeriCorps members grow and develop
City Year AmeriCorps members are inspiring young adults who share a commitment to a cause greater than themselves. While our corps members come from all walks of life, they bring to their service experience similar characteristics: they are deeply empathetic, they are good at building relationships, and they bring a “growth mindset”—the belief that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.
During their year of service, AmeriCorps members receive training in critical skills such as leadership, teamwork, data analysis, classroom management, academic interventions and social and emotional supports. City Year also helps to prepare corps members for future workforce success through career development and coaching.
City Year AmeriCorps members:
- Participate in 300 hours of training throughout their service year that is designed to help them be more effective with students, and develop personally and professionally
- Are eligible for exclusive scholarships and graduate school supports, including new City Year partnerships with universities.
- Receive a substantial education award at the completion of service they can use toward student loan debt or future study.
- Have opportunities to expand their horizons through program offerings, networking opportunities to connect and build relationships with corporate and community partners and alumni, and professional development training that will help in their next career step.
When I pledged to serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member, I pledged to be a community leader for life. My commitment to helping students succeed didn’t end when I no longer put on the red jacket every day.
Developing leaders for life
City Year alumni, now 32,000 members strong, are taking on leadership roles in schools and communities, making significant contributions as professionals and collaborators who can mobilize diverse groups to tackle complex challenges across a range of fields. 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.
“My City Year service helped me realize what my goal was and solidify my desire to help others through medicine.”
-Dr. Jason Campbell (Washington, D.C. ’12), resident physician, department of anesthesiology at Oregon Health and Science University
Building teacher pathways
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.
47% of City Year alumni currently work in education:
- 16% classroom teachers
- 16% K-12 administration, higher education and school counseling
- 15% education nonprofits