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City Year

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 widely known for being a vibrant center for academia, business, tech and medicine, some students in Boston face significant challenges every day. As the largest school district in Massachusetts, the Boston School District serves more than 15,000 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

We partner with Boston Public Schools in creating 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.

With more than 76% of students tutored by AmeriCorps members last year improving their test scores, AmeriCorps members are truly making an impact. A close-knit community with ample opportunities to develop meaningful personal and professional relationships, Boston is an ideal place to serve. By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year helps BPS in creating positive learning environments where all students are supported.

Serving in Boston Schools

  • Serve in one of 23 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Boston area.
  • Work with a committed and diverse group of 6–15 City Year AmeriCorps members who share your passion for service and personal growth.

Professional development

City Year Boston’s Mentor Program allows AmeriCorps members to connect with a professional mentor from local corporations and nonprofits (including Deloitte, Comcast and more) based on their interests and goals.

There are many opportunities to develop the career skills you seek to hone through various professional development groups. Service Reserves engage and lead volunteers in large scale service projects. The Comms Crew, Donor Ambassadors or Recruitment and Admissions Squad each engage donors and future AmeriCorps members through writing, public speaking and networking.

Our stories

The Corps

I remember how the other third-graders whispered and stared every time my reading tutor called me over to practice comprehension...

Read more about Confidence is key
The Corps

It takes a lot to serve as a tutor, mentor, and role model to a classroom of students, not to...

Read more about 5 critical skills I learned with City Year Boston
The Corps

Jesus Martinez grew up seeing City Year red jackets around Boston. He participated in City Year afterschool programs as a...

Read more about Service to success
The Corps

On Friday, September 13th, 2019 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, 250 City Year AmeriCorps members pledged to make a difference in...

Read more about City Year Boston opening day 2019

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

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

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National Strategic Partners
  • AbbVie logo
  • AT&T logo
  • Comcast NBC/ Universal logo
  • CSX logo
  • Deloitte logo
  • New York Life Foundation logo
  • Pepsico logo
  • Red Nose Day logo
National Partners
  • Aramark logo
  • Bank of America logo
  • Bain Capital logo
  • Celanese logo
  • Santander logo