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Home to the young and the smart

Living In Boston
City Information

The city of Boston is considered a world leader in innovation, education and the arts and is an ideal place to spend a year making an impact. With a strong culture and rich history, Boston is a welcoming and energetic city that is full of young professionals and diverse leadership. There are a lot of festivals, events, farmers' markets, and free concerts. A great walking city, Boston has many outdoor historical sites and museums such as the Boston Common, Castle Island, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Fenway Park. 


Living In Boston

On average, AmeriCorps members each pay between $500-$700/month and have 2-3 roommates. The Orange and Red lines are MBTA-accessible to many of our schools and have affordable options in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Roxbury, and Roslindale. 

Living In Boston

AmeriCorps members receive a free Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Pass (MBTA) each month for the year. This pass is for unlimited use of the subway and bus. 

The City Year Boston Experience   

As City Year’s founding site, City Year Boston has engaged more than 4,300 AmeriCorps members in service to the Boston community. 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. 

Throughout the year, City Year Boston is committed to providing their AmeriCorps members with a rewarding experience by equipping them with the tools, resources, and training to help students improve their performance in school, while simultaneously developing professional skills. In addition to full-time staff dedicated to the AmeriCorps member experience and career pathways, City Year Boston offers a wide range of opportunities to be active members of the community: 

  • Professional mentor matching with employees from local corporations and nonprofits. 
  • Professional development groups that hone skills and experience in leading service projects, engaging donors and interacting with future AmeriCorps members through writing, public speaking and networking. 
  • Affinity Groups offer opportunities to connect with others who share similar identities and help foster inclusion at the site  
  • Corps Council meets frequently with site leaders to discuss organizational policies and practices to improve the service experience.  

Why We Need You 

City Year is a key partner to the Boston Public Schools in realizing its vision to create equitable learning opportunities for all students and develop the city’s future leaders. AmeriCorps members support teachers and staff in delivering instruction that serves the development of the whole child and is responsive to the diverse racial, cultural and linguistic needs of Boston youth. By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year helps BPS achieve equity, access and results for all students. 

How You Can Make a Difference 

City Year Boston currently serves in 23 Boston Public Schools where need or challenges are highly concentrated. Across these partner schools, AmeriCorps members engage with 12,000 students in need of extra support and resources in order to stay on track and to graduate on time. City Year’s signature red jacket has been highly recognizable to local residents for nearly 30 years. Several of our current AmeriCorps members credit their former City Year mentor as their reason for serving, and the Boston site maintains vast local support from BPS, government leaders, and the business community, including more than 20 corporations.  

Useful Boston Links

City of Boston site
The Boston Calendar
Boston Globe news + events calendar
Boston Parks & Recreation
SNAP: Food Assistance
Farmers' Markets
Apartment List
Apartment Finder
Roommate Finder
Boston's Craigslist

Fun Things to Do

• Download the free Freedom Trail app and take a self-guided tour of Boston’s historic landmarks
• Explore Boston’s world-class museums on Free Museum Days 
• Borrow passes from the Boston Public Library for entrance to museums and other local attractions
• Find budget-friendly cheap eats and free activities around Boston
• Listen to renowned authors at Harvard Bookstore Readings/Signings
• Check out all of the free movies and concerts happening throughout the year