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While Boston’s nickname is The Hub, known for being a vibrant center for academia, business, tech and medicine, some students in Boston face significant challenges every day. Together we can help students build on their strengths and thrive.

Serving in Boston

While Boston is known for being a vibrant center for academic, business, tech, and medicine, some students face significant education inequities and challenges every day. As the largest school district in Massachusetts, Boston Public Schools enrolls more than 53,000 students across 125 schools.

I came into my service experience with an open mind and heart and left humbled, with a passion for doing my part as a citizen and leader in my community to support positive change.

Matt Axelrod City Year Boston, ‘88

Your Corps Experience

City Year Boston partners with Boston Public Schools help create environments where all students can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning. Our AmeriCorps members serve in schools all day, every day, preparing students with the skills and mindsets to thrive in school and in life.

They serve as tutors, mentors, and role models to students who need extra time and support to engage in school and stay on track to graduation. For many of our students, having this one-on-one attention is so important. Boston has the finest teachers in the country, but teachers can’t do it alone. And that’s where City Year lends a hand.

And AmeriCorps members are truly making an impact. Last school year, 77% of elementary school students maintained or improved performance on math assessments, and 85% improved performance in English. What’s more is that City Year is having an impact on whole school outcomes. 91% of our school partners agreed that City Year AmeriCorps members serve as positive role models to students in school. This close-knit community with ample opportunities to develop meaningful personal and professional relationships makes Boston an ideal place to serve.

Our Schools

As the largest school district in Massachusetts, Boston Public Schools (BPS) enrolls more than 53,000 students across 125 schools. Boston Public Schools is home to a wide variety of students, who come from many different backgrounds and ethnicities, with many different languages spoken by families and students. 42.5% of students are Hispanic, 33% Black, 14% White, 9% Asian, and 1.5% multi-racial or other. 45% of students do not speak English as their first language.

In the 2019-2020 school year, 250 AmeriCorps members serve in 25 BPS elementary, middle, and high schools.

Transportation to School

Most schools within Boston Public Schools are accessible by public transportation, the MBTA. City Year Boston AmeriCorps members receive a free MBTA pass which allows for travel on subway, buses, and commuter rail.

Professional Development

One of City Year Boston’s priorities is to support the personal and professional growth of AmeriCorps members by offering programming throughout the year designed to help you discover or pursue your post-service plans and ways you can continue to be a leader after your time with City Year.

  • 18-Minute Networking – A networking event hosted by Deloitte that includes professional development workshops on networking, job searching, and financial planning, as well as an opportunity to speak with professionals in a field of your interest.
  • Comcast Careers Day – As part of our national partnership, Comcast NBCUniversal provides a day of professional development to support City Year AmeriCorps members preparedness for college and career following your year of service.
  • Public Speaking – Throughout the year, City Year Boston hosts a number of events where AmeriCorps members share their service story through writing and public speaking.
  • Comms Crew – Working closely with City Year Boston’s Communications department, help share service stories and highlight AmeriCorps members’ work in Boston Public Schools through the school team’s Instagram account and other storytelling opportunities.

Aside from support from Impact Managers and Team Leaders, AmeriCorps members receive support from City Year Boston’s entire beloved community. With more than 60% of our staff being City Year alumni, you will always have a strong network of individuals to give advice or lend support regarding your experience.

Community Involvement

Create a positive climate of civic engagement that ripples throughout the Boston community! During the service year, AmeriCorps members participate in community service across the city and help beautify the community by painting murals and common spaces in schools and creating school supply kits for students and classrooms.

Our stories

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Over the last 30 years we have built robust relationships with Boston Public Schools, teachers, families and the community at large. We can’t wait to welcome you.  

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Our impact

This year, 300 City Year AmeriCorps members will support over 15,000 students in 28 Boston schools.

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Our amazing education and corporate partners help make our work in Boston possible.

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National Strategic Partners
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  • Comcast NBC/ Universal logo
  • CSX logo
  • Deloitte logo
  • New York Life Foundation logo
  • Pepsico logo
  • Red Nose Day logo
National Partners
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  • Bank of America logo
  • Bain Capital logo
  • Celanese logo
  • NFL Inspire Change logo
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