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City Year's Strategy to Achieve Greater Impact for Students
Featured as "Big-Bettable"


"[Big-bet opportunities] require organizations to develop a concept worthy of investment for turning a large infusion of philanthropy into enduring change.... City Year had the essential elements for a big-bet point of arrival: an ambitious, measurable goal that matters not merely to City Year, but to others involved in public education, too."

In the latest issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Bridgespan Group explores the elements of what attracts “Big Bet” investors in philanthropy and features City Year as a nonprofit that successfully developed an ambitious, high-impact strategy that has appealed to supporters.

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Voices for National Service Celebrates Local and National Champions


Earlier this month, Voices for National Service hosted the 16th Annual Friends of National Service Awards with a record turnout of Members of Congress, along with state and local officials and leaders from media and business. The event highlighted critical bipartisan support for national service from local and national champions. For over 15 years, Voices for National Service has worked to increase public awareness of the powerful impact national service has on communities.

Friends of National Service Awards

View the full list of honorees from the 2019 Friends of National Service Awards

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Apply to Serve with City Year before March 1

Apply by March 1

City Year AmeriCorps members are preparing students with the skills and mindsets they need to succeed both in and out of school. Encourage a young adult you know to learn more about this life-changing leadership opportunity and apply to serve with City Year. Our next application deadline is March 1.

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City Year in the News

Mass Nonprofit News

City Year CEO Michael Brown Stepping Down after 30 Years

City Year, a Boston-based national education nonprofit that helps students and schools succeed, earlier this week announced that its co-founder Michael Brown will step down from his CEO position in June at the conclusion of the organization's... Read More

CBS Miami

‘It Can Be Incredibly Rewarding’: City Year Miami Works To Positively Impact Students In Miami-Dade

City Year is a national nonprofit organization, which partners with Miami-Dade Schools to help keep kids on track to graduate... Read More


AmeriCorps Position is a Perfect Opportunity for Recent Alumnus

In 2017, Erik Arroyo, then a Penn State senior majoring in journalism, already had an eye on Los Angeles. The journalism major knew his future was on the West Coast. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he would be working in a high school... Read More


The Importance of Black Male Educators and Role Models

"When I was entering my teenage years, I was fortunate to have Black male mentors who pushed me to pursue my best self," writes City Year AmeriCorps member Michael Harding... Read More

Journal Sentinel

City Year Mentors are Making an Impact in Milwaukee's Schools

They tutor, they mentor, they assist, they befriend, they prod, they help set individual goals, they keep a close eye on the data on performance. They build relationships... Read More

Stanford Social Innovation Review

How Nonprofits Can Help Donor-Advised Fund Philanthropists Listen and Learn

Several years ago, one of our donor-advised fund (DAF) donors began volunteering at the Boston-based nonprofit City Year, complementing an annual grant recommendation of $2,500... Read More

City Year Blog

Asking These Seven Questions Can Help Build a Strong Mentoring Relationship

Becoming a mentor means making a deep commitment to getting to know another person and supporting them as they navigate life’s challenges. The feeling you get when you cultivate a meaningful and close relationship can be indescribable... Read More

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