Seven cities where you can make a difference to students
If you’re considering applying to serve with City Year, we know hundreds of questions are probably racing through your mind. Stepping out of your comfort zone and embarking on a year of service is not an easy feat, but it is worth it. While serving with City Year is an extremely rewarding and challenging experience, we understand it’s a major decision and, with every major decision, there are many factors to consider—including location. No matter where you serve, you’ll work alongside amazing staff, students and teachers while also growing as a leader and receiving a wide variety of benefits.
Here are seven cities where we (and our school partners) have a need for extraordinary young people like you to serve and mentor students.
Tulsa has a lot to offer, but the students City Year Tulsa serves face challenges including transiency and food and housing insecurity, which affect students both inside and outside of the classroom. About half of students are proficient in math and about half are proficient in reading. There is a critical need for City Year AmeriCorps members to serve in Tulsa and provide students with the academic and social-emotional support they need to graduate on time. Your experience serving in Tulsa will allow you to make a true, meaningful impact in students’ lives.
As a City Year AmeriCorps member in Tulsa, you’ll enjoy a myriad of perks such as free memberships to the YMCA and the Tulsa Young Professional Network, the largest young professionals’ organization in the country.
Jacksonville’s atmosphere is a balance between a fast-paced northern city and a traditional southern city, making it a unique place to live and work. For history buffs and outdoorsy folks and everyone in between, there is so much to do including biking through the Oak Forest, visiting the Fort Caroline National Memorial, catching a Jaguars football game and exploring over 20 miles of public beaches.
City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members currently work with 7,000 students in need of extra support and resources in order to stay on track and graduate on time. Given the challenges facing students and the community, City Year plays an important role in ensuring all students receive a quality education and realize their full potential. We need passionate, talented and hard-working young people like you to keep this momentum going and to continue making an impact.
While serving as a City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps member, you’ll receive free professional development trainings and attend free events through the local Chamber of Commerce. Other free events that are popular around Jacksonville are movies at Jacksonville Beach Amphitheater and music festivals.
With deeply-rooted history and culture, there is plenty to explore in Baton Rouge. From sampling the Cajun and Creole cuisines, visiting the famous Old State Capitol Building or catching a Louisiana State University football game, Baton Rouge is full of fun things to do.
Despite all Baton Rouge has to offer, many of the students City Year serves have families struggling to make ends meet, witness violence in their neighborhoods and face other challenges in reaching their academic potential. Students in Baton Rouge benefit from the presence of City Year AmeriCorps members who help guide them through every day challenges.
City Year AmeriCorps members in Baton Rouge receive discounted YMCA memberships and discounted admission at the local zoo and aquarium.
Boston is an ideal place to spend a year making an impact, growing as a leader and pursuing unique career opportunities. With a rich history, Boston has evolved into an energetic city that is full of young professionals. From the Freedom Trail to Faneuil Hall to the Arnold Arboretum, Boston has something for everyone. As City Year’s first site, City Year Boston is co-located with City Year National Headquarters and offers AmeriCorps members unique exposure into how a large nonprofit organization operates, and access to prominent leaders.
Despite Boston’s growth and innovation, some students in Boston face significant challenges every day. AmeriCorps members engage with 12,000 students in need of extra support and resources in order to stay on track and graduate on time. Given the challenges facing students and the community, City Year plays a critical role and needs talented and passionate young people like you to provide students with the academic and social-emotional support they need to be successful.
In Boston, City Year AmeriCorps members receive discounts at local gyms and enjoy free events including concerts, festivals and street fairs.
As a world leader in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, trade and the arts, Miami is the largest U.S. city where the majority of residents are foreign-born. With The Everglades, Biscayne National Park and Dry Tortugas National Park in its backyard, Miami has plenty of opportunities to explore nature and enjoy the warm climate.
Miami is a vibrant and prospering city, but it is not without its challenges, especially for some of its students. City Year Miami currently serves 6,500 students–some at risk of not graduating on time. Given the challenges facing students and the community, City Year plays a crucial role in helping all students realize their full potential by filling the gaps between what students need and what schools are designed and have the resources to provide. By choosing to serve in Miami, you are committing to be the driving force of change in a diverse and vibrant community.
City Year Miami AmeriCorps members often enjoy tickets to free professional sporting events.
A global leader in the high-technology, computer, micro-processing and engineering industries, San Jose is home to a multitude of thriving technology companies and innovative minds. A highly diverse city, San Jose attracts people from all over the world. From browsing and dining at the San Pedro Square Market, visiting the Winchester Mystery House, taking a Silicon Valley Tech Tour and soaking in the amazing views at Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose has it all.
Although San Jose has a booming, technology-driven economy, there is a significant economic divide amongst its almost 1 million residents that affects some students. Across the 13 schools City Year serves, students have significantly lower English Language Arts and math proficiency rates than the statewide average. Access to resources, transiency, teacher turnover and teacher shortages are the main challenges facing students throughout City Year’s partner schools. City Year San Jose fills in tremendous gaps and is in need of people like to you continue ensuring all students are on track to reach graduation on time.
As a City Year AmeriCorps member in San Jose, you’ll receive many perks at the site level, such as access to a collection of kitchen ware, appliances and every day items for you to use while in service.
Manchester is an up-and-coming city that maintains semblances of its manufacturing roots mixed with new growth and development. Manchester has a sizeable arts scene with many local music venues such as Jewel Music Venue and The Shaskeen along with one of the world’s best poetry slam venues, Slam Free or Die. There are also plenty of green spaces, such as Livingston Park, for hiking, biking and relaxing.
Despite all Manchester has to offer, the students City Year serves face significant challenges that impede their education such as transiency and poverty. On average, in the schools City Year New Hampshire partners with, students have a 40% lower proficiency level in reading and a 50% lower proficiency level in math compared to the rest of the district. City Year New Hampshire needs diverse AmeriCorps members from all walks of life to help students and provide them with the opportunity to connect with a diverse array of tutors, mentors and role models.
City Year AmeriCorps members serving in Manchester receive discounted YMCA memberships, free admissions to museums such as the Currier Museum of Art and often enjoy free tickets to the Manchester Monarchs hockey games and New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball games.
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