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Read a collection of stories and learn from the perspectives and experiences of our City Year Americorps members, students, partners and alumni.

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Our Alumni
From Hawai’i to Tulsa to teaching, a City Year AmeriCorps member reflects on two years of service
July 15, 2019

In the spring of 2017, Jessica Butay, a Hawai’i native who was about to graduate from college in Colorado, had…

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Our Alumni
How national service shaped me
July 10, 2019

Thirty years ago, when I was 17 years old, I was part of an idealistic experiment, a summer pilot program…

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Our Alumni
For 30 years, City Year’s alumni have made a difference
June 25, 2019

Over the last 30 years, City Year alumni, now more than 32,000 strong, have been instrumental in helping to drive…

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Our Alumni
My City Year experience took me to new heights
June 12, 2019

Just as our AmeriCorps members give their all to support our students, our organization and staff strive to give our…

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Our Alumni
Care Force Alumni Spotlight: Akida Azad
June 4, 2019

We were able to have a chat with Akida Azad and talk about her service with City Year. We talked…

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Our Alumni
City Year DC alumni share their stories
May 28, 2019

For nearly 20  years, City Year AmeriCorps members have had the opportunity to serve in this important and distinctive city.

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Our Alumni
From City Year Baton Rouge to City Year Buffalo
April 1, 2019

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

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Our Alumni
Running with Sherry Leung: an Alumna’s Commitment to #makebetterhappen
December 17, 2018

Believe or not, I used to really hate running. Running was a constant reminder for me of all the things…

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Our Alumni
City Year alumni teachers: continuing to make a difference in education after their service year
September 26, 2018

As states implement their ESSA plans, there is an opportunity to think creatively about strategies to address teacher shortages. One…

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Our Alumni
Alumni spotlight: Allison Paul
August 10, 2018

After graduating from Boston College with B.A. in Sociology, Allison answered the call to service as a mentor and role…

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Our Alumni
Asian American and Pacific Islanders in national service
May 15, 2018

“I do believe that AAPIs have an important role to play in the field of public education.” – Ji Soo…

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Our Alumni
Alum uses Law Degree to Support Immigrants
March 5, 2018

Change is not made all at once. It builds gradually over time – one person, one student, one client at…

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