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City Year Buffalo

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, the city of Buffalo has the largest school district in the region, serving more than 30,000 students. Together with teachers and community partners, we are supporting student success and working to improve high school graduation rates.

Serving in Buffalo

While Buffalo is widely known for being a vibrant center for academia, business, tech and medicine, some students in Buffalo face significant challenges every day. The Buffalo School District serves more than 15,000 students across 125 schools. District-wide, more than 70% of students participate in a state assistance program.

I started my first year of service thinking I needed to help create footsteps that students in my hometown could follow, but coming into Founding Year as a Service Leader, I knew I had to create my own vision and help students find their own way.

Candace Neal City Year Buffalo, '19–'20

Your corps experience

City Year is a key partner to five Buffalo charter 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 Buffalo 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, Buffalo is an ideal place to serve. By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year helps the Buffalo community achieve.

Our stories

Our Alumni

From City Year Baton Rouge to City Year Buffalo

Where I am today began with an idea of a year of service from an unlikely place.

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We are building a robust relationship with Buffalo Public Schools, teachers, families and the community at large. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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In the news

This year, 39 City Year AmeriCorps members will support over 390 students in 5 Buffalo 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 Buffalo 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