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City Year Philadelphia

Each year, 200 City Year Philadelphia AmeriCorps members support more than 10,000 students in schools citywide, providing holistic support and helping to ensure that students in systemically under-resourced schools have the support they need to thrive. Learn more about our impact.

City Year Philadelphia is working to address the lack of equitable access to educational opportunities. Due to systemic inequities that impact people of color and families growing up in low-income households, many students aren’t provided access to the learning environments and resources needed to thrive.

Our AmeriCorps members partner with teachers and schools to add more support and to help create learning environments where all students can build on their strengths and fully engage in learning.

Specifically, they work closely with students in the areas of English Language Arts and mathematics, attendance, and self-awareness, doing so through individualized attention that helps students feel valued and supported in their learning.

City Year AmeriCorps members tutor students one-on-one or in small groups, organize school-wide events, and run afterschool programs.

Improving student outcomes in English and math coursework

In the 2018 academic year, students who were identified as needing support made significant progress in English and Math.

  • 45% of students starting with a D or F in English improved to a C or better
  • 47% of students starting with a D or F in math improved to a C or better

Partnering with teachers and principals

  • In a 2019 survey of principals and administrators, 94% agreed or strongly agreed that AmeriCorps Members serve as positive role models
  • In 2018, 94% of principals and administrators were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall experience of working with City Year
  • Also, in 2018 95% of principals and administrators agreed or strongly agreed that AmeriCorps Members integrated smoothly into their schools

What school administrators are saying about City Year Philadelphia

  • “City Year is a part of our school. They support our goals and initiatives and work side by side with us as we strive to achieve them. Besides being super supportive, they are great at building relationships, supporting students and staff, and showing that they truly care. They are well respected for the great work they do. I would recommend them to any school.”
  • “City Year is a must-have in ANY school.”
  • “City Year is invaluable to our students’ growth academically, socially and emotionally.”

City Year is part of our culture at our school. The relationships and opportunities they can provide to students is second to none. Most importantly, it helps our students know that they are cared for, believed in, and worthy!

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Impact Stories

The Corps

Left: Tyrea Barnes, Comcast Site Leadership Award Winner Right: AmeriCorps Greatness Award Winners Lydia Izzo, Tessa Hannigan, Andrea Barajas, and...

Read more about Celebrating City Year Philly’s 2022 Graduation Award Winners
Our Community

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
Education

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

Contributing to a clearer, bolder vision

of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration, and risk-taking, where every student feels safe and connected to the school community.

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Meet our corps

Ove 200 AmeriCorps members positively impact over 10,000 students in Philadelphia.

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Our partners

Everything we do—every student and AmeriCorps member we support—would not be possible without our partners.

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