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We’re challenging the persistent inequities in education with tenacity, passion, and empathy while helping to create environments where young people feel valued and supported in their learning.

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Sharif El-Mekki, Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development, is being honored as City Year Philly's 2022 Idealist of the Year. He has been a steadfast partner, collaborator, and supporter of CYP for nearly two decades. Read our Q&A to learn more about El-Mekki’s work, his collaboration with CYP over the years, and his thoughts on supporting Black youth to pursue careers in education.

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City Year Philadelphia (CYP) is currently hiring full-time mentors and tutors to serve in schools during the 2022-23 academic year!...

Read more about Meet a City Year Parent: Q&A with Debby Kuhn, CYP Alumni Parent and Board Member

City Year Philadelphia’s annual Red Jacket Gala is coming up next month on Thursday, May 5. We’re looking forward to...

Read more about Spotlight on Sharif El-Mekki, City Year Philly’s 2022 Idealist of the Year

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Left: David Guzman, Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service, City of Philadelphia. Right: David with his...

Read more about Alumni Spotlight: David Guzman (‘14, ‘15), Program Manager, Community Resource Corps and CYP Board Member

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