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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

As “Student Success Coaches,” City Year Philadelphia 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. Corps members work alongside students in schools all day, every day.

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City Year's mission statement of working towards a cause greater than myself has really stuck with me. Just remembering that goal and why I’m doing the work is something that I learned at City Year and will carry with me for the rest of my career.

Jessica Szasz City Year Philadelphia Alum, 2021

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 over 10,000 students annually. AmeriCorps members also 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 Philadelphia School District achieve its mission of providing the civil right of every child in Philadelphia to an excellent public-school education and ensuring that all children graduate from high school ready to succeed.

Our schools

There are currently 203,229 students enrolled in the Philadelphia School District across 341 schools. The Philadelphia School District is home to a wide variety of students, who come from many different backgrounds and ethnicities, with 157 different languages spoken by families and students. 53% of students are Black African American, 20% Hispanic Latino, 14% White, 7% Asian and 6% being multi-racial or other.

City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps members 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 6–12 City Year AmeriCorps members 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 Senior AmeriCorps members who serve as Team Leaders.

Transportation to school

Most schools within the district are accessible by public transportation, SEPTA, with the Market Frankford line, Broad Street line, trolleys and buses being the primary route for our AmeriCorps members. Transportation passes are given, on a monthly basis, to AmeriCorps members who need them. However, there are AmeriCorps members who choose to drive and/or carpool to their specific schools.

Benefits & Professional Development

The skills and experiences you gain as a City Year AmeriCorps member 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 AmeriCorps members 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
  • $500 (pre-tax) relocation payment if relocating 50 miles or more for service
  • $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

Career and Education Opportunities:

  • Eligibility for exclusive scholarships to more than 100 colleges and universities.
  • Networking opportunities with over 35,000 alumni 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, resume review, and networking time.
  • Career Development Workshops — Ongoing workshops dedicated to perfecting your resume and LinkedIn profile, leveraging your City Year experience in job applications, and other career advice.
  • Career and Education Fairs — Fairs that expose AmeriCorps members 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.

Aside from support from Impact Managers and Team Leaders, AmeriCorps members receive support from City Year Philadelphia’s entire beloved community during the service year. With over 50% of our staff being City Year alumni, 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, AmeriCorps members 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.

Our stories


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Over the last few years we have built a robust relationship with our partner schools, teachers, families and the community at large. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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Our diverse City Year AmeriCorps members support thousands of students in schools throughout Philadelphia.

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