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
Serving with City Year is about so much more than the money. It’s about the students you’ll help realize their potential. It’s about the bonds you’ll forge with your team. It’s about becoming an integral part of the community. We know it is challenging to live on the stipend and we're committed to ensuring that service is financially feasible for everyone. With our locations increasing our living stipends by as much as $5,000 annually, serving with City Year is more possible than ever!
AmeriCorps stipend for members serving in the 2023–2024 school year:
All of our locations will have a $890 bi-weekly stipend (pre-tax), with several exceptions:
- Providence: $935 bi-weekly stipend (pre-tax)
- Sacramento: $960 bi-weekly stipend (pre-tax)
- Denver, Memphis, Philadelphia: $1,000 bi-weekly stipend (pre-tax)
- Boston, Chicago and Miami: $1,023 bi-weekly stipend (pre-tax)
- Baton Rouge, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Milwaukee, San Antonio, San José, Tulsa and Washington, D.C.: $1,122 bi-weekly stipend (pre-tax)
What’s it like to live on a stipend?
We know deciding to serve and earn a stipend is an incredibly personal decision. We’re here to help you learn more about the new stipend and how to make it work for you. AmeriCorps members past and present share their experience and tips on how to make the stipend work for you.
What does “pre-tax” mean for my stipend?
Tax conversations are complicated and City Year is not allowed to provide guidance on taxes. That said, candidates understandably want to understand how much money they will actually receive through the bi-weekly stipend City Year provides.
While your circumstances may vary, many alumni shared that in their particular situations, they were taxed about 17% on their stipend.
Learn more about how your stipend is affected by taxes.
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 $6,495) at the completion of your service year, which can go toward pursuing further education, to to pay off existing, qualified student loans or educational travel. 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.