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City Year Chicago

The heartbeat of the Midwest, Chicago has always attracted young people to its shores and skyscrapers. AmeriCorps members here are inspired to help students build on their strengths, take risks in their learning and feel connected to their school communities.

Serving in Chicago

While Chicago is widely known for being a vibrant center for academia, business, tech and medicine, some students in Chicago face significant challenges every day. Chicago Public Schools serves more than 396,683 students across 125 schools. District-wide, more than 70% of students participate in a state assistance program.

Your corps experience

City Year is a key partner to the Chicago 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 Chicago 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, Chicago is an ideal place to serve. By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year helps. Students who work with City Year AmeriCorps members attend 5.6 more days of school and receive 33% fewer suspensions and expulsions.

Serving in Chicago schools

Serve in one of 31 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Chicago area. All of our partner schools are accessible on CTA trains or buses. Our schools are across 9 beautiful and historic neighborhoods.

Work with a committed and diverse group of 6–8 City Year AmeriCorps members who share your passion for service and personal growth. Our Impact Managers are committed to supporting AmeriCorps with having an impactful and transformative service year. As a staff, we prioritize providing professional development opportunities for AmeriCorps members by providing mentors and leadership opportunities throughout the course of the year.

City Year Chicago also has an over 20-year partnership with Chicago Transit Authority, AmeriCorps members are able to earn public transportation passes at no cost, in exchange for volunteering with the CTA.

Professional development

We partner with Deloitte to provide mentors for AmeriCorps members. We also host a variety opportunity fairs and networking events like 18-minute networking. City Year Chicago also has a variety of affinity groups, SLAM (Society of Latin and African Men), WOC (Women of Color) and CY PRIDE our LGBTQ+ group.

Community involvement

  • We create a positive climate of high expectations and engagement that ripples throughout the greater Chicago community.

Our stories

The Corps

Learn more about City Year's emphasis on mentorship. Becoming a good mentor takes practice, listening and reflection.

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The Corps

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

“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

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

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

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Our impact

This year, 254 City Year AmeriCorps members will support over 15,000 students in 31 Chicago 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 Chicago possible.

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