Below is an example of a City Year AmeriCorps member's daily service. Keep in mind: no two days are exactly the same in our schools!


A Day In The Life


To help individual members and entire teams with the stresses they may experience during service, or in their personal lives while a member, City Year has a wealth of benefits available for you. Through our Employee Assistance Program support from a licensed clinician familiar with City Year and your service is available. Information on how to access services, which are confidential, will be shared during your orientation.

Read all about AmeriCorps member benefits in the Benefits Guide below.


City Year members demonstrate a commitment to civic action, educational equity, social justice, and continuous learning. Our Learning and Development program is designed to engage you in experiences which ignite your commitments and interest, and provide you with specific skills you need to enable student achievement. As you are learning, doing, and reflecting, you will also be teaching, observing, and coaching others.

Basic Training Academy (BTA) is a six-week training session at the beginning of the service year. Corps members are trained in academic instruction, behavior management, social justice and identity development, and in other areas that are needed for supporting teachers and students.


The City Year L.A. community will be strongest when members can contribute their perspective, skills, and feedback to site-wide projects. There are many opportunities to do so, three of which are highlighted below.

The Corps Council, with representation from each school-based team, meets frequently with a Program Director and other site leaders to discuss a wide variety of policies and practices. On occasion, the Corps Council leads on the planning or implementation of specific initiatives in addition to being a source of information and feedback on behalf of their teammates.

City Year L.A.’s Affinity Groups are opportunities to connect with others who share similar identities and help foster connection and inclusion at the site. For the last two years, staff and corps members have self-organized LGBTQIA+ and Men of Color affinity groups. Both groups have encouraged allies to participate. Future affinity groups will reflect the needs and desires of our community.

Members have opportunities throughout the year to support a variety of initiatives which benefit greatly from their involvement, and through which they develop specific and transferable professional skills.

  • Service Ambassadors engage volunteers in service projects while honing their project planning and management skills.
  • The Ripplers and Recruitment and Admissions Ambassadors each engage and inspire different stakeholder groups while developing their writing and public speaking skills and become proficient at networking with a variety of supporters. Each year the opportunities available reflect the needs of the site and interests of the corps.