be_ixf;ym_202010 d_19; ct_50 Learn more about City Year’s response to COVID-19

How will COVID-19 affect my City Year application?

Everything has changed in the wake of COVID-19, including the work we do here at City Year, serving in 350 public schools across the country.

Working closely with our school and district partners, and to protect the safety and well-being of our AmeriCorps members, staff, students and our broader communities, we paused all in-person service in March and shifted to a virtual service model supplemented with online training and connection points.

In the meantime, AmeriCorps members continue to receive their full pay, health benefits, and they will have the opportunity to receive the full value of their Segal Education Award upon completion of the program.

Check out how City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps members are adapting to the initial weeks of virtual service.

Our work is more important than ever before

In several cities where we serve, school districts are now offering online learning for students, and they are asking our AmeriCorps members to hold video tutoring sessions, lead class warmups and small group break-outs, and facilitate interactive learning strategies like book clubs or book read-alouds. Our work is more important than perhaps ever before, as schools seek new ways to connect with students and bring joy to their learning experience.

When schools re-open, we will partner with teachers to mitigate the learning loss experienced by students. Just as important, we will also help students reconnect to their school community, heal from any negative experiences they may have had during the pandemic, and build positive relationships with teachers, school staff and fellow students that will help them to thrive, in and out of school.

Read about City Year’e holistic approach to student success – supporting academic, social and emotional growth and helping to create positive learning environments for all students.

One thing in this uncertain time is certain: City Year AmeriCorps members will be there, for our students and our schools. We hope you will consider applying to serve with us for the 2021-2022 school year.

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National service creates opportunity for young adults

We anticipate that the economy will continue to experience the impact of the pandemic for some time. We believe that serving with City Year offers young adults a valuable, challenging and meaningful personal and professional opportunity that can help to advance the next step in your career.

City Year’s CEO Jim Balfanz, a City Year Boston ’94 alum, shares his reflections on how a year of national service can help young adults to navigate an unstable economic landscape, sharpen skills and find future jobs.

Answers to commonly asked questions

We understand this is a highly uncertain time as we’re all adapting to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. As we prepare to brace for the widespread impacts of this pandemic, students’ physical and emotional wellbeing and the impact of learning loss are critical issues we’ll face as a nation. Your service is needed now more than ever.

Why should I consider applying or serving with City Year at this time? Why City Year, why now?

We know that this disruption will disproportionately impact students and families in the communities City Year serves. For many of our students, school closure means losing positive school learning environments and relationships with caring adults that are critical to every young person’s ability to learn and thrive. These closures can also mean students don’t have access to reliable meals—something our school partners have been working diligently to address.

Serving in schools as a City Year AmeriCorps member is a unique opportunity to provide schools and students with essential social-emotional and academic support that will help them reconnect with their school community, re-engage in their learning and recover from learning loss.

When students return to school, they will need the additional support—tutoring, mentoring and coaching—and the caring, consistent and positive relationships that City Year AmeriCorps members provide to help students continue to dream big and reach their full potential.

Learn what City Year AmeriCorps members do in schools all day.

City Year AmeriCorps in school service

What changes have been made to the City Year application process?

City Year will continue to process applications for the 2020-2021 corps year. But we understand that our applicants are also navigating this new landscape and have made a few adjustments:

Application Submission:

We know that your priorities may shift during this time. If you would like your application processed at a later deadline, let your admissions contact or recruiter know. We will update your application deadline period in our system.

Reference Submission:

Given that it may be difficult to get in touch with potential references at the moment, we’re offering flexibility in reference submission deadlines. If you are having trouble reaching potential references, please contact your admissions point—they are here to support and help find solutions to any issues that arise related to your application.

Interview Scheduling:

If you have already scheduled a phone or video interview but would like to reschedule, you may move your interview up to one of the upcoming interviewing periods for the April 17 or May 29 deadlines. Please reach out to your admissions contact to reschedule as soon as possible.

I have been invited to serve for the 2020-2021 Corps year. Can I take additional time to make a final decision?


We know that all of our invitees put a lot of time and energy into their City Year application and that shows your commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people. During this time, City Year is allowing all invited applicants to take more time to decide on their offer if needed.

While we hope that you still choose to service with us, we understand there are many things to consider during this unprecedented time and want to ensure that our team is here to support you. Please reach out to your admissions contact to request an extension.

Can I transfer to a different City Year site? What does that process entail?

There are a variety of reasons why you might want to consider transferring your application to another City Year site. We will be honoring transfers while slots remain available at the requested locations.

Here are the 29 U.S. cities where we currently serve.

If you have already started onboarding tasks for a particular site, you may still ask to transfer to another site. This is, of course, dependent on the slots available at your new preferred location.

Please reach out to your admissions contact to let them know about your request to transfer so they can inquire about availability and start the process. Your admissions contact will then be in touch about next steps.

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.

Will my start date and registration dates be affected by COVID-19?

At this time, we have not made any changes to our registration dates and start dates for the 2020-2021 service year. We will continue to work closely with local officials and school districts and monitor the COVID-19 situation and will communicate any changes to our incoming AmeriCorps members as soon as possible.

Reach out to us with questions

We know these are stressful times for everyone, and we want to make your application process to City Year as easy, flexible and responsive as possible. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and we hope you will consider serving with us and help to make the coming school year a joyous, nurturing and enriching one for 226,000 students who need your support!

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