City Year believes education has the power to help every student reach their potential. Each year, thousands of City Year AmeriCorps members enable this belief by serving in schools across the country, supporting students in high-risk schools that need assistance with their attendance record, behavior, and course performance in math and English. As our members across the City Year network are graduating from their year (or two!) in service, we look back on how much they’ve helped their students and school communities accomplish over the past year. In a few months, we welcome a new batch of incredible members who commit to continue making progress towards increasing high school graduation rates in the U.S. There is only one question left to ask: Are you ready to join us?
If you’re still considering what you’d like to pursue next year, add serving for City Year to that list! Here is a list of cities that are looking for talented, hard-working, and passionate young people who want to help students reach their full potential:
City Year Miami currently serves in 10 high schools and 7 middle schools where these challenges are highly concentrated. Our schools have 6,500 students who are off track and at risk of not graduating on time. A majority of students come from low-income households and need support at schools in this vibrant and diverse community. City Year Miami AmeriCorps members benefit from warm weather year-round, free Miami Dade Transit passes each month, gorgeous beaches, delicious cuisine, and something to do for everyone.
Tulsa’s student population is very diverse. On average, only about half of students are proficient in math, and about half are proficient in reading. Unfortunately, barely half of Tulsa Public School students graduate from high school, meaning the need for young people who want to make a difference in these schools is extraordinary. With a temperate climate and a unique culture that blends the Midwest, South and Southwest, many individuals find Tulsa an idyllic place for young professionals to work and live. In fact, the Tulsa Young Professional Network (TYPROS) is one of the most active young professional organizations in the U.S., and membership is free for City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps members.
City Year Jacksonville works with 7,000 students across 12 partner schools. The communities where City Year Jacksonville serves need AmeriCorps members to keep the momentum going in schools and serve as role models to the students. Jacksonville AmeriCorps members live in a balance between a fast-paced northern city and a traditional southern city, making it a unique place to live. With a year-round subtropical climate, residents of Jacksonville enjoy beaches, activities by the water, a variety of parks, and a growing arts scene.
Across the 13 schools City Year serves in San José, only about 30% of students are proficient in English Language Arts, and only about 20% of students are proficient in Math. In addition to meeting student needs during the school day, City Year San Jose AmeriCorps members also lead thousands of students in the afterschool space, facilitating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) after school programs, which contributes to academic gains, allows students to learn about the most prevalent industries in San Jose and explore new opportunities. From the endless outdoor adventures to its diverse cuisines, San Jose is the place to be for creative and dynamic young professionals. San José AmeriCorps members also receive a free VTA bus pass for the year.
City Year Baton Rouge serves over 4,500 students across 11 schools. While located throughout the city, all of our schools serve students who live in Baton Rouge's most vulnerable and under-resourced communities. Approximately 84% of the students City Year Baton Rouge serves are considered off-track from reaching graduation on time, so the need for AmeriCorps members in Baton Rouge is high. City Year Baton Rouge AmeriCorps members enjoy eating Creole and Cajun cuisine, tailgating at football games, and attending free festivals throughout the year.
At City Year New Hampshire, there is a lot of room for innovation. Many of our AmeriCorps members have launched initiatives at their schools that students would not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience such as Neuroscience Club, Math Nights and Literacy Nights. New Hampshire AmeriCorps members also benefit from leadership development workshops provided by City Year staff. As Manchester is the largest city in New Hampshire, there are plenty of things for members to enjoy and see (especially with their free Manchester Transit Authority bus passes) including restaurants, museums, coffee shops, parks, and lakes. Plus, the mountains, beach, and Boston are all just one hour away.
Not only do our students need a lot of academic support, they also need someone to believe in them and recognize their own greatness. Consider being that someone for students in need.