Over the course of your 11 months of service, your benefits will include:
- Health insurance
- Curalinc Employee Assistance Program
- Talkspace Therapy Program
- Benefit Advocate Center
- Bi-weekly living stipend
- AmeriCorps child care benefits program
- Workers’ compensation
- Relocation support
- Localized benefits
- Loan forbearance and interest accrual payments
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Income-based repayment plan
- City Year Alumni Association
- University partnerships and scholarships
- Career partners
City Year provides a modest living stipend to all AmeriCorps members for their term of service. The stipend amounts vary and are driven by the cost of living in each location where our AmeriCorps members serve. Our goal is to make service financially feasible for all.
Stipend for AmeriCorps members serving in the 2021–2022 school year:
- Baton Rouge, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Columbia, Denver, Kansas City, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Providence, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C.: $720 bi-weekly (pre-tax)
- Los Angeles: $749 bi-weekly (pre-tax)
- Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Memphis, Miami, New Hampshire, Orlando, Philadelphia and San Antonio: $800 bi-weekly (pre-tax)
- Tulsa: $889 bi-weekly (pre-tax)
- San José/Silicon Valley: $930 bi-weekly (pre-tax)
- New York: $960 bi-weekly (pre-tax)
All City Year AmeriCorps members who are relocating 50 miles or more for service can 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 to start service and be accepted, confirmed and have started service.
AmeriCorps member time off varies by site and is driven by the school districts’ annual schedules. In general, AmeriCorps members can anticipate having a break of approximately two weeks around late December to early January.
City Year recognizes the following 11 holidays:
- Labor Day
- Veterans or Indigenous Peoples’ Day (holiday chosen by local City Year site leadership)
- Thanksgiving day and Friday after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve and Christmas day
- New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
AmeriCorps member responsibilities and work environments will shift during periods of school closure such as spring breaks or teacher prep days. The most common scenario during these times is for AmeriCorps members to serve at the local City Year office, using these days as service preparation, training and professional development, and team building days.
Every AmeriCorps member can request up to 12 days of pre-planned time off. These can be used as needed for personal reasons such as sick days, doctor’s appointments, religious observance and grad school or job interviews etc. Use of these days must be approved by the AmeriCorps member’s direct manager ahead of time.
Segal Education Award
As a member of the federal AmeriCorps program, you are eligible to earn the Segal Education Award (valued at $6,345) at the completion of your service year, which can go toward pursuing further education or to pay off existing, qualified student loans. Additionally, over 100 colleges and universities nationwide augment the Segal Education Award in some way, including matching your award amount (see the complete list of institutions who will match your award), waived registration fees, course credits, or service scholarships.
During your service with City Year, you can request that qualified federal student loans be put into forbearance. Upon successful completion of your term, you may also request the accrued interest be paid by the National Service Trust, federal administrator for AmeriCorps’ education benefits.
City Year partners with more than 100 leading colleges and universities to provide scholarships at the graduate and undergraduate level to our alumni. Each year, over $3 million dollars are available in scholarships, in a wide range of programs including education, public policy, social work, business, and public health.
Health and well-being
Working as a City Year AmeriCorps member requires long hours in under-resourced schools, which can be very stressful and taxing. The health and well-being of AmeriCorps members is a top priority for City Year.
- Health insurance is provided to all AmeriCorps members.
- Dental insurance is available to all AmeriCorps members.
- Vision insurance is available to all AmeriCorps members.
- Every AmeriCorps member has access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), a confidential intervention and referral resource for dealing with a range of issues including stress, conflict, emotional worries, legal questions and more.
- Access to Talkspace.
- Access to Ten Percent (10%) Happier meditation app.
Every site has its own set of local partnerships with benefits for AmeriCorps members. These vary by location but often consist of free transportation passes and local discounts. Find out more about local benefits by contacting a local recruiter.