From the Classroom to Counseling
Though City Year AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools, a little over 50% of alumni start careers outside the education sector after their service year. Research-based social-emotional training is a part of the City Year service experience and a large number of members come to City Year with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. As a result, many of our alumni go on to careers in counseling. Throughout the year, AmeriCorps members gain a clear understanding of what it takes to be compassionate and empathetic, while gaining insights into the external factors that may influence student behavior.
“During my service year, I learned the importance of building bridges for students to caring adults who could help them,” says Emily Alexander, a City Year San Antonio alumna. “Though I joined City Year because I had an interest in teaching, I learned that my skills and interests were more in line with pursuing a career in counseling.”
If you’re like Emily and find that your interest in ensuring students feel emotionally supported and validated drives your service, you may want to consider pursuing a career in counseling or psychology. City Year has more 20 University Partnerships that offer alumni scholarships for graduate level programs in the mental health field. Here’s a look at four of those partnerships:
Pepperdine University | Graduate School of Education & Psychology
Located in Los Angeles, Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology provides innovative academic programs dedicated to building scholar-practitioners through hands-on learning. The school offers a range of options in the field of psychology including Clinical and Behavioral graduate programs—including one that emphasizes work in the Latinx community. Every year, the university awards one City Year alum with $10,000 scholarship which is eligible for renewal during the second year of the program.
Columbia University | Teachers College
Teachers College, Columbia University is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States. Located in New York City, the school embraces a leadership role in preparing educators who not only serve students directly but coordinate the educational, psychological, behavioral, technological, and health initiatives to remove barriers to learning at all ages. Teachers College offers a 25% annual tuition scholarship to a qualifying and newly admitted City Year alum toward a wide variety of programs ranging from School Psychology to Developmental Psychology.
Antioch University New Hampshire | Departments of Applied Psychology and Clinical Psychology
Antioch University New England (AUNE), located in Keene, NH is one of five Antioch campuses that seeks to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. AUNE offers different master’s degree programs in psychology such as clinical mental health counseling and dance/movement therapy as well as doctoral programs in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy. Each year, the university awards two City Year alumni with a 25% tuition discount.
Stetson University | Graduate Programs
Stetson University has been an institution of higher education serving Central Florida for over 120 years. Stetson's Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program is designed to train individuals who aspire to be outstanding leaders in the clinical mental health counseling field in a variety of clinical and educational settings. Each year, the university offers up to 10 City Year alumni with 40% tuition scholarships that are flexibly awarded between undergraduate and graduate programs including the Counselor Education program.