We know that once you’ve joined the City Year community, it can be hard to say goodbye. But your relationship with the City Year community doesn’t need to end after graduation. There’s a variety of ways you can stay in touch and continue to make an impact through our organization.
As City Year alum, you’re part of a unique community who has shared an impactful experience. Through our Alumni Network, you can connect with your former team members and reach out to other individuals that have shared similar experiences to you to find future job or education opportunities.
Support the Current AmeriCorps members
One of the most important ways you can continue to support City Year and our mission is to get involved with our current AmeriCorps members. Just as you were a near peer mentor for students, as an alum, your experiences and insights are invaluable in helping AmeriCorps members succeed in their work—and in their life and careers beyond City Year.
Some of our AmeriCorps support programs include:
18 Minute Networking
Many City Year sites host this event to encourage AmeriCorps members to practice networking skills, to develop connections, and to help facilitate a successful transition into life after City Year. The event is held by alumni, current City Year staff members, colleagues of alumni, and partners and community leaders, who are all there to share their past education and career experiences and answer any questions our AmeriCorps members may have.
We have two or three alumni who specialize in a field that anchor a table and lead a small group discussion about the steps they’ve taken since graduating City Year. After each 18-minute session, AmeriCorps members rotate to a different table and participate in a new discussion. After the third session, they can connect with any alum that they’re interested in talking to that they didn’t have a chance to sit down with.
Our Mentor Program
The purpose of our Mentoring Program is for City Year alumni—and in many cases, staff and City Year champions—to support the professional development and service experience of the AmeriCorps members. There’s not a rigid structure to this particular initiative, it’s ultimately just a way for sites to develop their program and maximize their resources. Mentoring can happen formally through formalized one-on-one mentor matching programs or informally through team buddy programs where alumni are matched with a AmeriCorps member team.
To learn more about local opportunities to support or connect with the current AmeriCorps members, reach out to the Alumni Board Chair in your community.
As a City Year alum, you know that the work we do really does make an impact on the students and communities we serve. One way to continue to support the next generation of young leaders is by making a donation. Your gift will ensure that AmeriCorps members continue to have the opportunity to serve and help students and schools succeed, and build on the legacy alumni created through their year of service.
No matter how you choose to stay in touch and involved, we’re happy to have you as a part of the City Year community and we hope that you continue to make an impact in the lives of those around you.