City Year: Give a year, change the world

Posted on October 25th, 2009 by

Ever feel like you’re not sure what you want to do after you graduate?

Do you want to make a difference, but you’re not sure how?
Do you like kids?
Maybe you should check out City Year.

City Year is a non-profit AmeriCorps program that strives to help students get on track to graduate. In locations across the United States and in South Africa, young people [called “corps members”] commit their time and effort to serve full time for 10 months.

City Year leverages the talent, energy and idealism of corps members who serve as tutors, mentors and role models to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate.
By giving corps members the skills and opportunities to serve in schools and neighborhoods across the country, City Year seeks to:
  • Help students and schools succeed
  • Build stronger communities
  • Break down social barriers
  • Develop young leaders
  • Foster active citizenship”
City Year was founded in 1988 on the belief that young people can change the world.
You’re young.
You’re people.
Seems like the perfect fit.

If you want to get involved, there are a few things you should know.

To participate, you must:

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
  • Be ready to dedicate 10 months to full-time service
  • Be a high school graduate or GED recipient or agree to work toward high school equivalency while serving at City Year*
  • Have served no more than 2 terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC, or VISTA program
  • Agree to a background or security check
  •  For more information about how to get involved, check out their website.


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