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City Year
Boston

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 signed up for a year of service because I wanted to fully dedicate my time to a cause that is larger than myself. Our students are at the forefront of our service.

Sophia Riviello First-year AmeriCorps member proudly serving at the Madeline English School

Your Corps Experience

City Year Greater Boston partners with Boston & Everett Public Schools to 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 students, having this one-on-one attention is so important. We have some of the finest teachers in the country, but teachers can’t do it alone. And that’s where City Year lends a hand.

AmeriCorps members are truly making an impact. Last school year, math scores dropped by 16%. Students with an AmeriCorps member increased an entire grade level. What’s more is that City Year is having an impact on whole school outcomes. 98% of our school partners share that City Year AmeriCorps members serve as positive role models and add important resources to their classrooms. 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 2021-2022 school year, 160 AmeriCorps members serve in 16 BPS elementary, middle, and high schools. And 40 AmeriCorps members serve in five K-8 EPS schools.

Transportation to School

Most schools within Boston and Everett Public Schools are accessible by public transportation, the MBTA.

Professional Development

One of City Year Greater 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.

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

The Corps

After graduating college, I found myself in a position that I believe many of our young people find themselves: idealistic,...

Read more about Five Lessons From my City Year Experience
Education

For over 30 years, Bank of America has provided critical resources in support of City Year’s holistic student-facing programming. From...

Read more about Bank of America's Support to CYGB Expansion
Our Impact

The other day, I told one of my students to please remember to put periods at the end of his...

Read more about How City Years AmeriCorps members are Closing Pandemic Gaps
Our Community

We are so excited that this year we are not only partnering with Boston Public Schools, but also expanding to...

Read more about Excitement in Everett

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

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Our impact

This year, 200 City Year AmeriCorps members will support over 12,000 students in 16 Boston Public Schools and five Everett Public Schools.

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Events

Every year we hold events to celebrate our corps, students and community at large.

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Partners

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

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National Strategic Partners
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