Living in New York
Coined “The City that Never Sleeps,” New York City is known for its fast-paced environment and attracts people from all around the world to visit and live. New York City is the cultural, financial and media capital of the world. Packed with iconic attractions like Central Park, the Empire State Building, the High Line and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is always something new to explore. The city is home to distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs, and it is possible to find a wide variety of cultures and communities anywhere you go in the city. With more than 800 languages spoken, New York is the most linguistically-diverse city in the world. New York City is a dream come true for foodies, with dozens of cuisines and well-known dishes to try; there are Michelin Star rated restaurants, $1 pizza spots, and everything in between, sometimes on the same block.
Why We Need You
As the largest school district in the US, New York City public schools consists of over 1.1. million students across more than 1,800 schools. Schools in New York City are linguistically and culturally diverse, with 13% of students identifying as English Language Learners, and nearly 160 native languages represented. New York City faces many challenges like concentrated areas of poverty, gaps in resources, and disparate levels of academic achievement. In October 2018, the New York City Department of Education released information stating that the number of students that are homeless or living in temporary housing is at an all-time high. City Year New York is working closely with the New York City Department of Education, city government, corporate partners, and community-based organizations to promote equity in education and resources in communities.
How You Can make a Difference
City Year New York was founded in the wake of September 11, 2001, to continue the spirit of volunteerism that arose in the city. City Year New York partners with schools across the South Bronx, East New York Brooklyn, East Harlem and Long Island City Queens, and each neighborhood has a distinct culture. Depending on the school, community and even classroom, there may be students who are brand new to the country as well as students whose families have lived in the same neighborhood for generations.
City Year AmeriCorps members are in a unique position to contribute to providing students with extra resources and support to ensure they are receiving a high-quality education that will allow them to be college and career-ready. City Year New York’s work in schools is closely aligned with the priorities of Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Richard Carranza. The Community Schools Initiative and School’s Out New York City (SONYC) are two high-priority city-wide programs that City Year New York AmeriCorps members play a role in supporting and advancing. Community Schools are neighborhood hubs where students and families can receive social services and resources, in addition to high-quality academic instruction. The School’s Out New York City, or SONYC, is an afterschool program that allows students to explore clubs like sports, arts, leaderships, and opportunities for trips and experiential learning.
Throughout the year, City Year New York is committed to providing their AmeriCorps members with a rewarding experience by equipping them with the tools, resources and training to help students improve their performance in school, while simultaneously developing professional skills. City Year New York partners with Hunter College School of Education for a pre-service orientation. Trainings and workshops are delivered by Hunter College professors specializing in topics like culturally competent curricula, asset based relationship building with students and families, and social emotional learning and development. Corporate sponsors and partners, such as New York Life, Deloitte, Starbucks, NBC Comcast, Bain & Co. and many more, are highly engaged in AmeriCorps member professional development, especially with career planning. Each year, dozens of corporate volunteers support City Year New York AmeriCorps members’ midyear training, covering topics including resume writing and editing, preparing for interviews and exploring different career paths.
New York is in need of talented and passionate young people to help all students reach their full potential. A constantly-evolving city filled with culture, New York offers endless opportunities and places to explore. New York is an ideal place for young people to make their mark and generate long-term positive impact in the community.