COVID-19 response FAQs
FAQs for prospective and confirmed City Year AmeriCorps members in response to COVID-19
Can I still apply to be a City Year AmeriCorps member for the 2020-2021 school year?
Yes, City Year is currently accepting mid-year applications for the 2020-2021 school year, with start dates beginning in November 2020 through January 2021. We will continue to process new and submitted applications and conduct virtual interviews with applicants nationwide. Please refer to our “apply now” page for more information.
We continue to plan and adjust the way we serve students in partnership with our schools as they monitor and update plans for starting the new school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing remains clear—more than ever, our students will need talented people like you to help them continue to dream big and strive for academic success.
Why should I consider applying or serving with City Year at this time?
We are all adapting to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Though the impact of this pandemic is wide-reaching and affects all of us, we know that the disruption caused by the pandemic will disproportionately impact students and families in the systemically under-resourced communities City Year serves.
Now, more than ever, our students need people like you who believe in them and their future. Serving in schools as a City Year AmeriCorps member this year will be a unique and critical opportunity to help students reconnect with their school community, re-engage in their learning and recover from learning loss they experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Additionally, City Year is an opportunity for you to gain professional experience and develop key skills that will help you in your career. These skills such as communication, working on a diverse team and data analysis will help you stand out as you pursue your next opportunity after City Year.
What adjustments has City Year made due to school closures?
City Year continues to abide by guidance from local and national health officials to ensure that we are prioritizing the safety of our AmeriCorps members and staff and reducing the likelihood of virus transmissions in our communities.
We have a response team that works to field direct questions from our AmeriCorps members and staff to proactively prepare and respond to the unique needs across our 29 cities. Our leadership teams in each city are working closely with local officials and school districts to monitor local conditions, keeping the safety of our people at the forefront of every decision.
As the new school year begins, City Year partner schools across our 29 sites are offering a range of modified in-person instruction or virtual instruction. City Year AmeriCorps members will continue to partner with teachers to provide students with instruction appropriate to the school environment where they serve. Please click here for details about AmeriCorps member service at a specific location.
How is City Year supporting AmeriCorps members during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The safety and well-being of our AmeriCorps members and the nearly quarter million students they serve is our top priority. Our staff has continued to work to ensure AmeriCorps members are being supported, both professionally and personally.
In the instance when our partner schools remain closed, we continue to pause in-person service for all City Year AmeriCorps members and instead deliver virtual service and programming. In locations where some in-person instruction is happening and AmeriCorps members are providing in-person support, City Year provides appropriate personal protection equipment to AmeriCorps members and staff, including facial coverings and sanitation materials to limit exposure to the virus.
City Year AmeriCorps members will continue to receive their full bi-weekly living stipends, health benefits, AmeriCorps childcare benefits and educational loan deferrals during their service, regardless of how they are providing service to partner schools.
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City Year continues to deliver remote training, technology and tools to all of our AmeriCorps members. Topics covered are varied but include overviews of Google classroom, how to support students with distance learning, and challenges students may face upon return to school.
Finally, City Year sites are holding regular community connections space online for staff and AmeriCorps members to build community, ask questions and receive updates.
Will the relocation benefit still be available?
Yes, if you are relocating 50 miles or more for service, you are eligible to opt-in to receive a $500 (pre-tax) one-time relocation payment. In order to be eligible for this benefit, you must have relocated at least 50 miles and have started service.
If you have any questions or need more information, please reach out to us:
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