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Our stories

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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The Corps
Waving My Rainbow Flag
May 27, 2020

As a queer woman of color, my identities are something that I think about all the time; in every aspect…

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The Corps
AmeriCorps Member Spotlight
April 23, 2020

My students have impacted me, as much as I have impacted them because they help me to understand what students…

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The Corps
The Value of Team
March 6, 2020

“Do you have any experience working on a team?” was one of the first questions I was asked in my…

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The Corps
What Ubuntu Means to Me and My Service Year
February 11, 2020

I was born at Mercy Hospital near Chicago’s Motor District on the Southside. I didn’t grow up in Chicago’s Southside,…

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The Corps
Women’s History Month: Which women inspire our corps members?
October 23, 2019

As we celebrate City Year AmeriCorps Member Appreciation Month, Women’s History Month is also underway. Marketing and Communications Intern Kia Smith…

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The Corps
Everyone deserves an education: why I serve with City Year Chicago

A year of service—what does that even mean? Looking into what a year of service is, I think digging into…

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The Corps
Chicago students need mentors like you
October 8, 2019

City Year AmeriCorps members have been serving Chicago for the last 25 years. Read on to learn what City Year…

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The Corps
How to mentor like a pro
February 11, 2019

Tj, who serves at City Year Chicago, last year sought an opportunity to get coached himself with the help of…

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The Corps
Voices from the field: supporting and celebrating our AmeriCorps members of color
October 18, 2017

A 2017 study found that having just one black teacher in elementary school (third, fourth or fifth grade) reduced the…

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The Corps
Giving Thanks on #GivingTuesday
November 13, 2014

In the spirit of the Thanksgiving Holiday, the eight of us who comprise the team took a moment to reflect…

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