Founded in 1988, City Year is an education-focused national service organization and a leader in the national service movement. Designed to dramatically increase participation in national service, City Year was an early model for the federal AmeriCorps program. Since the very beginning, City Year’s focus has been to develop and nurture young people under the belief that investing in youth builds strong and vibrant communities. Today, City Year contributes to a clearer and bolder vision of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration, and positive risk-taking where every student feels connected to the school community, data informs practices that promote student growth and achievement, and all students have access to positive relationships and personalized learning environments. The data clearly shows that City Year partner schools are up to two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, and the more time students spend with AmeriCorps members, the more they improve on social, emotional, and academic skills — skills that help students thrive in school and contribute to their community.
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, City Year operates with over 1,000 total staff members, a $180M operating budget, and locations in 29 cities across the country and two international affiliates. Each year, City Year deploys roughly 3,000 AmeriCorps members (aged 18-25) organized into diverse teams to serve over 226,000 students across more than 300 systemically under-resourced schools. Working as student success coaches, City Year Corps members provide support to students, classrooms, and whole school communities to help ensure that students in systemically under-resourced schools receive a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed academically and in life.