Today's blog was written by Hannah Smith, an AmeriCorps Member serving on the City Year team at The Leadership Schools at Eugene Butler Middle School. For many AmeriCorps Members, the best parts of their City Year experience are the relationships they build with their students; however, that's not the only reason they choose to serve with City Year and it's not the only thing they gain. Hannah, pictured below on her college graduation, shares nine additional reasons for why she believes City Year is a great option for recent college grads. City Year's next application deadline is Wednesday, February 15. 

Photo of Hannah on her college graduation.


It gives you experience in a variety of areas. Not only will you gain education experience, but also experience in policy, social justice issues, leadership and nonprofits among other things.

You don’t have to have been an education major to serve! City Year accepts and encourages people of all educational backgrounds to apply. Before you are placed in a school you will attend BTA (Basic Training Academy) to learn the skills you will need and there will be lots of on-going training and support throughout the year. 

It’s an excellent opportunity to give back to the community that raised you…what’s more powerful than committing a year of service to your hometown? 

…Or to explore a new one! With 28 sites across the US, there are plenty of cities to serve and explore!

City Year gives you a chance to develop your soft skills. Dictionary.com defines soft skills as “desirable qualities for certain forms of employment that do not depend on acquired knowledge: they include common sense, the ability to deal with people, and a positive flexible attitude”. As an AmeriCorps member, you will practice your soft skills every day, working with your students, partnering with teachers, and collaborating with your teammates. 

City Year helps you figure out your Life After City Year (LACY). Not many jobs provide the resources and training that City Year does—from mock interviews to GRE study guides to online databases, City Year is committed to helping you find your path after City Year. Something else that will definitely help is that…

…1700 hours of service looks great on any resume! Your completion of City Year will show any employer or graduate program, what a great, committed candidate you will be! 

City Year provides a space for personal development. A year of service is an intense experience. It is hard work and presents new challenges every day.  As part of the program, City Year provides space to reflect and grow personally throughout the year.

City Year sets you up for a life of service. No matter what your life looks like after City Year, you will graduate from the program with a passion for service and a commitment to idealism! This experience is something you can carry with you as you continue to help change our world for the better!


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