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City Year Philadelphia

As “Student Success Coaches,” our AmeriCorps members work with teachers and principals to provide holistic support, helping to ensure that students in systemically under-resourced schools have the support they need to thrive.

Serving in Philadelphia

City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps members serve as "Student Success Coaches," working with teachers and principals to provide holistic support and helping to ensure that students in systemically under-resourced schools have the support they need to thrive. Student Success Coaches work alongside students in schools all day, every day.

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My City Year experience has helped me become a stronger mentor and facilitator and build skills that have prepared me for my LACY [Life After City Year] plans, such as project management, leadership, public speaking, and being able to converse with people of all walks of life.

Olivia Baptiste City Year Philadelphia Alum, '22, '23

What we do and why

Your Corps experience

A close-knit community with ample opportunities to develop meaningful personal and professional relationships, Philadelphia is an ideal place to serve.

We partner with teachers and principals to ensure that students develop strong skills that will help prepare them for college, career and civic life. We serve in schools in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia, supporting thousands of students each year in literacy, math, and social-emotional learning. Our Student Success Coaches forge positive, caring relationships with students as mentors and help create an environment where students can build on their strengths, take risks in their learning, and feel connected to their school.

By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year helps the School District of Philadelphia achieve its mission of providing the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public-school education and ensuring that all students graduate from high school ready to succeed.

Our schools

As of the 2022-23 school year, there are currently 197,288 students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia across 329 schools. The District is home to a wide variety of students, who come from many different backgrounds and ethnicities, with 173 different languages spoken by families and students. 51% of students are Black/African-American, 23% Hispanic/Latino, 13% White, 7% Asian and 5% Multiracial/Other.

City Year Philadelphia Student Success Coaches currently serve in 13 elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the city. You can view our current school partners below.

Work with a committed and diverse group of Student Success Coaches who share your passion for service and personal growth. Each team at City Year Philadelphia is managed by one Impact Manager and supported by 1–2 RACMs (Returning AmeriCorps Members) who serve as Team Leaders.

Transportation to school

Most schools within the District are accessible by public transportation, with the subways, buses, and trolleys being the primary route for our Student Success Coaches. City Year Philadelphia provides monthly transportation passes to those who need them. However, there are some Student Success Coaches who choose to drive and/or carpool to their specific schools.

Benefits & professional development

The skills and experiences you gain as a City Year Student Success Coach will help build your resume, no matter what career field you intend to pursue. We offer special programming throughout the service year that is designed to help our SSCs continue leading after City Year and achieve their professional goals.

Benefits and professional development programs include but are not limited to:


  • $25,875 annual living stipend (pre-tax), paid in biweekly installments of $1,150
  • $500 (pre-tax) relocation payment if relocating 50 miles or more for service (paid in the first paycheck of the year)
  • $7,395 Segal Education Award—can be used to further your education or pay off student loans
  • Student loan forbearance on eligible loans
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Monthly SEPTA public transportation passes

Learn more about compensation and benefits

Career and Education Opportunities:

  • Eligibility for exclusive scholarships to more than 100 colleges and universities.
  • Networking opportunities with over 40,000 alums nationwide.
  • LACY (Life After City Year) Day and Career Fair (formerly 18-Minute Networking) — An annual professional development event that consists of a variety of career-focused workshops, interview prep, résumé review and networking time.
  • Career Development Workshops — Ongoing workshops dedicated to perfecting your résumé and LinkedIn profile, leveraging your City Year experience in job applications and other career advice.
  • Career and Education Fairs — Fairs that introduce Student Success Coaches to opportunities available post City Year.
  • College & University Information Sessions – Sessions dedicated to providing tools, information and resources about colleges and other universities.
  • Teaching Pathways Partnerships — City Year Philadelphia offers exclusive information sessions on a variety of teaching programs we partner with, including Urban Teachers, Teach for America, the School District of Philadelphia, Penn GSE and more.

Learn more about career resources

Aside from support from Impact Managers and Team Leaders, our Student Success Coaches receive support from City Year Philadelphia’s entire staff during the service year. With over 50% of our staff being City Year alums, you will always have individuals who will be able to give you advice or lend you knowledge regarding your experience.

Community involvement

Create a positive climate of civic engagement that ripples throughout the Philadelphia community. During the service year, Student Success Coaches participate in community service across the city and help beautify the community by painting murals in schools, restoring recreation centers and/or cleaning streets and neighborhoods throughout the community.

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Our impact in Philadelphia

Diverse teams of Student Success Coaches serve in schools citywide.

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Throughout the year, we offer a variety of events, including fundraisers, networking, volunteer service days, and much more.

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Hello, Philly!

Philadelphia is an ideal city to call home for your service year. From famous historical sites, arts & culture, an amazing food scene, and loyal sports fans, discover what life in Philly is all about.

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Our stories

The Corps

Student Success Coach Riya Sembhi (pictured front row, right, with her Sullivan Elementary team) shares her experiences serving a gap...

Read more about My Gap Year with City Year Philadelphia
Our Alumni

Left: Hanna during her time serving as a City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps member, 2019-2020. Right: Hanna in her current role...

Read more about Alumni Spotlight: Hanna Kim (‘20), Community Schools Volunteer Coordinator, City of Philadelphia
Our Community

Philadelphia City Council President Kenyatta Johnson (pictured center, gray suit) is joined by leaders of local youth-serving organizations—including CYP Executive...

Read more about Spotlight on Kenyatta Johnson, City Year Philly’s 2024 Idealist of the Year
The Corps

If you speak with an HBCU alum about their experience, you’ll quickly learn that service to the community is one...

Read more about Diversity, leadership and community: reflections of an HBCU alum
National Strategic Partners
National Partners