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In the fall of 2018, we launched our 29th US site! City Year Buffalo is now recruiting AmeriCorps members to serve in the 2019-2020 school year.

If you’ve never considered moving to The City of Light, read on to learn why you should think about serving with City Year in this unique blend of an Eastern and Midwestern city by the shores of Lake Erie and near Niagara Falls.

Ariel view of Buffalo, New York

1. It’s the place that invented Buffalo chicken wings. Yes, seriously. The spicy Buffalo wing, served with celery and blue cheese dressing, was first introduced in 1964 at the Anchor Bar, a family-run watering hole. The city takes this culinary history so seriously, it holds an annual National Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival each Labor Day weekend.

2. Young professionals and college grads are moving to Buffalo, an affordable city with a rich history. The percentage of people in their 20s and 30s who are moving to this city has increased by 13 percent over the past five years, outpacing the national average and contributing to the city’s resurgence and growth, with vibrant neighborhoods, creative arts, a thriving food scene and a slew of sports teams.

3. The city is undergoing an ambitious $7.5 billion investment program that has sparked major redevelopment downtown, a bustling medical campus and a transformed waterfront that offers kayaking, canoeing, water biking and boating, and an ideal spot for concerts and events.

4. It’s serious about education. Buffalo is home to about two dozen colleges and universities that together enroll more than 112,000 students each year, including Canisus College, a member of City Year’s University Partnerships program that offer application fee waivers, deferrals and exclusive scholarships to City Year alumni . This strong college town offers many different kinds of learning opportunities for students.

5. It boasts a treasure trove of architectural splendor and museums. Really. Buffalo’s rich history and status as once one of the richest cities in America is revealed in its many Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and lovely parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same creator of NYC’s Central Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The city boasts a number of cultural opportunities, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Zoo, the Buffalo Museum of Science and the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Don’t just take our word for it. There’s an avalanche of media reports about how Buffalo is on the rise and is particularly attractive to millennials—and assurances that the winters aren’t actually as harsh as you might expect. Check out the top 20 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to Buffalo for even more reasons this city should be high on your list for a move.

We would argue, however, that there are 31,398 even better reasons for moving to Buffalo for a year or two.

These are the 31,398 students in Buffalo City School District who need and deserve our support in order to thrive, in school and out. For one year, you could be part of a dedicated and talented AmeriCorps team that tutors and mentors students and shows up for kids every day, making a difference in their lives and in the culture of their schools. Get fired up to serve and learn more about applying to City Year Buffalo.

Click here to learn how to apply to City Year

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