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City Year Cleveland

Cleveland’s revitalized downtown, lakefront park and world-class museums make this low-key Midwestern city a cool place to be. For more than two decades, City Year AmeriCorps members have served Cleveland’s schools, helping students to thrive.

Serving in Cleveland

While Cleveland is widely known for being a vibrant center for academia, business, tech and medicine, many students in Cleveland face significant challenges every day. As the largest school district in Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District serves more than 15,000 students across 125 schools.

I walked into my service year with my mind open and a passion for service and quickly realized that I was apart of something much bigger than myself. My service experience has given me far more than I could have ever given. Anyone can serve, in any way.

Gustania Walls Gustania Walls, '18

Your corps experience

City Year is a key partner to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District 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 Cleveland 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, Cleveland is an ideal place to serve. By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year helps students succeed.

Professional development

As a City Year AmeriCorps member you’ll not only make a measurable impact in the lives of the students and communities you serve, but you’ll grow as an individual, too. During your 11 months of service, you’ll develop leadership and professional skills that will help you advance in your career after City Year—whether you choose to go into nonprofit, law, medicine or something entirely different.

Community involvement

Create a positive climate of high expectations and engagement that ripples throughout the greater Cleveland community.

Our stories

The Corps

Explore seven cities where we have a need for extraordinary young people to serve and mentor students.

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The Corps

"In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." -Iroquois Proverb

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The Corps

Bridge building is a powerful metaphor and tool for social change. Seeing and making connections, whether among people or ideas,...

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The Corps

As the year winds down, there are many extra responsibilities that AmeriCorps members are working against the clock to accomplish. 

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Connect with us to learn more or apply today!

Over the last 30 years we have built a robust relationship with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools, teachers, families and the community at large. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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Our impact

This year, 76 City Year AmeriCorps members will support over 3,200 students in 9 Cleveland 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 Cleveland possible.

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