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City Year AmeriCorps member leading three students through classwork

City Year brings together diverse, talented teams of young adults to serve in high-need schools across the country, where they support students, teachers and schools all day, every day. City Year AmeriCorps members build strong, “near-peer” relationships with students and provide academic and social-emotional support, while serving as essential resources to the school to boost student learning and achievement. Through their work in schools and communities, City Year AmeriCorps members not only make a difference in the lives of students they serve, but also acquire valuable skills that prepare them to become the next generation of civically engaged leaders.

Our Reach

3,000 AmeriCorps members

3,000 AmeriCorps members

29 U.S. Cities

29 U.S. Cities

349 Schools

349 Schools

234,000 Students

234,000 Students


City Year’s model is based on leading research, youth development best practices and three decades of service in schools and communities.

Research shows that providing students with positive, caring adult relationships at school, academic support and opportunities to develop social-emotional skills can keep students on track to graduate from high school with the skills and mindsets essential for success in college, career and life.

City Year and our partners commit to multiple years of service in high-need schools so that students “grow up with City Year” and receive support provided by our remarkable AmeriCorps members during key transition years of their educational experience, from third through ninth grades, when research shows students are most at risk for falling off track.

Whole School Whole Child Services

City Year AmeriCorps members form positive, developmental relationships with students, encourage them to come to school every day, and provide evidence-based academic and social-emotional supports for students who exhibit one or more “early warning indicators:” low attendance, poor behavior or course failure in English language arts or mathematics. Research shows that preventing one or more of these warning signs makes it three times more likely that a student will graduate, dramatically improving his or her lifetime trajectory.

In addition, City Year AmeriCorps members partner with teachers and principals to provide classroom support and contribute to a positive school culture, climate and community. Click here to learn more about our Whole School Whole Child Services.

How City Year works in Schools

City Year's holistic approach to supporting students and schools has a measurable impact on the students and communities we serve, as well as on the AmeriCorps members who develop into leaders. Learn more about our impact.

Interested in what the AmeriCorps member experience is like? Learn what City Year AmeriCorps members do everyday.

Your City Year

Your City Year [Video]

Learn about the positive impact we are having in students' lives across the country.

A City Year Partner: Kelly Middle School

A City Year Partner: Kelly Miller Middle School

"Every day I strive to be an outstanding student. Today I will be respectable, responsible and ready. Today I will focus on achieving my goals."

A Holistic Support to Student Success

A Holistic Support to Student Success [PDF]

How City Year supports social-emotional development & academic growth.

"Without City Year, I would have dropped out"

"Without City Year, I would have dropped out" [Video]

City Year helped Pablo go from potential dropout to proud graduate. This is his story.