Inclusivity involves more than the celebration of diversity; it means actively embracing differences as vital assets that enrich our community, catalyze transformation, and strengthen City Year’s collective power to make positive change in the communities we serve.
Inclusivity informs our strategy-City Year has an enduring strategy to bring together young people in service as part of a diverse team. We also work to engage a wide variety of partners in the public, private, and non profit sectors in a collective effort to address pressing public problems.
AmeriCorps Members are visible role models-Students experience and witness first-hand the power of young people from different backgrounds working together in an effort to support and strengthen their success in attendance, behavior, and course performance.
- Focusing on the communities we serve-City Year actively recruits young people from the communities we serve in, recognizing these AmeriCorps members are uniquely positioned to powerfully connect with the students they serve and provide invaluable insight into the community for their fellow AmeriCorps members.
The City Year alumni network is more than 22,000 strong, ranging in age from 18-50. The City Year experience proves to benefit careers across a variety of sectors, from business to medicine, higher ed to social work, marketing to public policy. While our alumni hail from every state and and many different backgrounds, the most commonly reported skills learned through service are team leadership, understanding urban environments, people management, and project management. Whether serving before, during or after college,over 75% of our most recent alumni express an interest in continuing their education, so not only do they want to impact their communities, they are committed to lifelong learning.
As part of the National Recruitment Team, the Diversity Recruitment Team (DRT) is a resource for diversity expertise designed to support the City Year network in attracting and retaining a diverse collective of AmeriCorps Members, representative of the communities in which we serve. The Team focuses its efforts on increasing the number of qualified leads and applicants while building program awareness and a pipeline that represents all facets of diversity (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status). The DRT is committed to fostering relationships with our external partners and the City Year network to enable us to meet our shared diversity goals.