City Year has been serving in Los Angeles for nine years and is currently the largest City Year site in the nation. Our AmeriCorps members make a difference by tutoring kids one-on-one, providing support in classrooms, and running after school programs in L.A.’s highest-need schools.

City Year L.A. will serve more than  28,000 students through whole school initiatives this year.

Back at our offices in downtown Los Angeles, 60 full-time staff members support our corps’ efforts to ensure they have the necessary training, resources, and professional development opportunities.

We pride ourselves on being one of the most innovative and fastest-growing sites in the City Year network with passionate supporters and champions ranging from the L.A. Mayor and school principals (100% of whom ask for us to come back each year!) to the Los Angeles Clippers and Hollywood celebrities. We are a diverse, hard working team that is dedicated to excellence on behalf of our city’s most-at risk students.



A recent study found schools where City Year serves are 2 – 3X times more likely to show improvements in state tests in math and English...

1 in 4 kids in Los Angeles won’t make it to graduation. City Year is working to erase this statistic by serving in 28 low-performing schools (8 elementary, 10 middle, 8 secondary, and 2 K-12) in high-poverty neighborhoods across L.A. – Pico Union, Boyle Heights, Watts, and South LA. We also have a Civic Engagement team that organizes thousands of community volunteers to conduct 25+ school beautification projects to make campuses more inspiring places to learn. 


Read and see our service in action!


Ms. Bailey: "[City Year] just enhances everything." 

A counselor from UCLA Community School shares her perspective City Year in the class.

"LAUSD's Diamond in the Rough”

Watch how Virgil Middle School harnesses the power of community.

Helping a student realize: "I want to graduate high school"

When a student learned she can change the world. . . 

Get to Know LA's Change-Makers

Our 2015-16 corps is a diverse group of young adults united by their desire to serve the students of L.A. 

Mr. Gurr: City Year Understands ‘The Importance of Humanity’

William Gurr is the Assistant Principal at Virgil Middle School in Westlake/Koreatown.

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