If you’re considering applying to serve with City Year next year, we know hundreds of questions are might be racing through your mind. While serving with City Year is a tremendously rewarding and challenging experience, we understand it’s a major decision and, with every major decision, there are many factors to consider – including location. No matter where you serve, you’ll work alongside amazing staff, students and teachers. Here are seven cities where we (and our school partners) have a need for extraordinary young people like you to serve and mentor students.
Located in a vibrant and modern metro area, Tulsa is an ideal place for young professionals. As a City Year AmeriCorps member in Tulsa, you’ll enjoy a myriad of perks such as free memberships to the YMCA and the Tulsa Young Professional Network, the largest young professionals’ organization in the country.
Tulsa is a thriving city with a lot to offer, but the students City Year Tulsa serves face insurmountable challenges including transiency and food and housing insecurity, which affect students both inside and outside of the classroom. In Tulsa, only about half of students are proficient in math and about half are proficient in reading. There is a critical need for City Year AmeriCorps members to serve in Tulsa and provide students with the academic and social-emotional support they need to stay and/or remain on track to graduation. Your experience serving in Tulsa will allow you to make a true, meaningful impact in students’ lives.
Jacksonville’s atmosphere is a balance between a fast-paced northern city and a traditional southern city, making it a unique place to live. While serving in Jacksonville, you’ll receive free trainings and attend free events through the local Chamber of Commerce. Other free events that are popular around Jacksonville are movies at Jacksonville Beach Amphitheater and music festivals.
Despite Jacksonville’s vibrancy and business appeal, the students City Year Jacksonville serve face issues that make educational achievement challenging such as teacher shortages and student transiency. City Year Jacksonville AmeriCorps members currently work with 7,000 students in need of extra support and resources in order to stay on track and graduate on time. Given the challenges facing students and the community, City Year plays a critical role in ensuring all students receive a quality education and realize their full potential. We need passionate, talented and hard-working young people like you to keep this momentum going and to continue making an impact.
With deeply rooted history and culture, there is plenty to explore in Baton Rouge. Throughout the year, you can find festivals and parades that highlight the beauty and friendship of the city. City Year AmeriCorps members enjoy the many perks of living in Baton Rouge such as eating Creole and Cajun cuisines, tailgating at football games and attending free festivals. Our AmeriCorps members receive discounted YMCA memberships and discounted admission at the local zoo and aquarium.
Despite all Baton Rouge has to offer, many of the students whom City Year serves live in poverty, witness violence or other traumas in their neighborhoods and therefore face additional challenges in reaching their academic potential. Students in Baton Rouge benefit from the presence of City Year AmeriCorps members through their unique ability to guide through every day challenges. Sometimes this includes the aftermath of national events and give positive guidance to remain on track in the face of tough obstacles.
Boston is considered a world leader in innovation, education and the arts and is an ideal place to spend a year making an impact, growing as a leader and pursuing unique career opportunities. With a strong culture and rich history, Boston has evolved into a welcoming and energetic city that is full of young professionals. City Year Boston is co-located with City Year National Headquarters and offers AmeriCorps members unique exposure into how a large nonprofit organization operates and access to prominent leaders. In Boston, City Year AmeriCorps members receive discounts at local gyms and enjoy free events including concerts, festivals and street fairs.
Despite Boston’s growth and innovation, some students in Boston face significant challenges every day. City Year Boston currently serves in 23 Boston Public Schools where these challenges are highly concentrated. Our AmeriCorps members engage with 12,000 students in need of extra support and resources in order to stay on track and to graduate on time. Given the challenges facing students and the community, City Year plays a critical role and needs talented and passionate young people like you to provide students with the academic and social-emotional support they need to be successful.
As a world leader in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, trade and the arts, Miami is the largest U.S. city where the majority of residents are foreign-born. Miami is also the only city that borders two national parks, so there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore nature and take advantage of the warm climate. City Year Miami AmeriCorps members often enjoy tickets to free professional sporting events.
Miami is a vibrant and prospering city, but it is not without its challenges, especially for some of its students. 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. Given the challenges facing students and the community, City Year plays a crucial role in helping all students realize their full potential by filling the gaps between what students need and what schools are designed and resourced to provide. By choosing to serve in Miami, you are committing to be the driving force of change in a diverse and vibrant community, and helping to improve a student’s life by showing them their true potential.
A global leader in the high-technology, computer, micro-processing and engineering industries, San Jose is home to a multitude of thriving technology companies and innovative minds. A highly diverse city, San Jose attracts people from all over the world. As a City Year AmeriCorps member in San Jose, you’ll receive many perks at the site level, such as access to a collection of kitchen ware, appliances and every day items provided for you to use while in service.
Although San Jose has a booming, technology-driven economy, there is a significant economic divide amongst its almost 1 million residents that negatively impacts some students. Across the 13 schools City Year serves, students have significantly lower English Language Arts and math proficiency rates than the statewide average. Only about 30% of students are proficient in English Language Arts and about 20% of students are proficient in math. Access to resources, transiency, teacher turnover and teacher shortages are the main challenges facing students throughout City Year’s partner schools. City Year San Jose fills in tremendous gaps and is in need of people like to you continue ensuring all students are on track to reach graduation on time.
Manchester is an up-and-coming city that maintains semblances of its manufacturing roots mixed with new growth and development. Manchester has a sizeable arts scene with many new local music venues and one of the world’s best poetry slam venues. Although Manchester is an urban city, there is plenty of green space for hiking, biking and relaxing making it an idea place for young people to explore.
Despite all Manchester has to offer, the students whom City Year serves face significant challenge that impede their education such as transiency and poverty. On average, in the schools City Year New Hampshire partners with, students have a 40% lower proficiency level in reading and a 50% lower proficiency level in math compared to the rest of the district. City Year New Hampshire needs diverse AmeriCorps members from all walks of life to help positively impact the lives of children and provide our students with the opportunity to connect with a diverse array of tutors, mentors and role models.