City Year New York was founded in 2003 and since then more than 2,700 members have served and supported this community. Nearly one-third of the current corps serves in an area from which they hail.
Every year we commit ourselves to improving the experience of our AmeriCorps members and increasing the positive impact we have on thousands of students in New York City.
Our work, from the support provided to students each day, to the physical transformation of education and play spaces, is done in partnership with others. We believe in the power of teamwork and collaboration. We value dialogue and creating environments where our differences are supported and celebrated. Your experience as a City Year member will be the most rewarding and powerful when you have a growth mindset and eagerness to learn about yourself, your students, your partners, and the world around us.
Together, your City Year New York corps will support more than 10,000 students each day. Using practices shared during training and coaching, you will be able to help students develop socio-emotional skills and strengths, become more engaged in learning, and improve their academic abilities. As a tutor, mentor, and role model in a red jacket, you have a great deal of influence on students’ interests and decisions.
Your year of service will be challenging. Outlined below are the ways that City Year New York will prepare and support you to be an effective agent for change.
All AmeriCorps members provide students and schools with a variety of supports to increase engagement in learning and academic achievement. This includes:
- whole-class in-class literacy and math support
- targeted literacy and math tutoring for students on focus lists, one-on-one or in small groups
- targeted attendance support for students on a focus list
- ongoing social-emotional learning support to students on a focus list
- whole-school support, such as school-wide events, to recognize achievements and foster a positive school climate for students, families, and faculty
- after-school programs
After-school programs vary by school, based on the needs of students and other resources available to the community. There are three types of after-school programs that members may support.
- City Year After School (CYAS) – AmeriCorps members create and implement an after-school program combining academic support, enrichment activities, and service learning.
- School’s Out New York City (SONYC) – In this city-designed program, students in grades 6 to 8 have a choice in how they spend their time. The model provides rigorous instruction in sports and arts, and requires two hours of youth leadership and two hours STEM or literacy content weekly.
- Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations (CBO) - AmeriCorps members support an existing after-school program based at their school.
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. The Learning and Development team is dedicated to ensuring you have all the resources and information necessary for a successful and meaningful year of service.
Basic Training Academy (BTA) is at the beginning of the service year. AmeriCorps 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. Training happens as an entire CYNY community and within your team.
Learning and Development Days (L&D Days) are weekly opportunities to build upon the training provided at BTA and continue your growth and development. Depending on the focus of the week’s L&D – skill-building, reflection, team-building – teams may spend time in their school, with a small group of other teams, or with the entire corps.
Once trained and in service, all members will be observed working with students and receive coaching from a City Year staff member. Observations and coaching help members effectively put the information and tools they’ve received into practice with students. Corps members and coaches work together to identify opportunities to improve support and create plans to help you progress in building your skills, confidence, and comfort.
In addition to regularly scheduled meetings with your supervisor, you will have three formal performance conversations throughout the service year. The first is to establish and review your goals for your work with students. The second is to review progress to date and discuss what support you may need. And the final, at the end of the year, is to assess progress and ensure you are ready for what is next.
Mid-Year Summit is a week of concentrated learning in the middle of the service year. Corps members work on both personal and professional development and to continue to equip themselves with tools and skills to excel in their current work. The week offers career services, classroom trainings, and further social justice focused trainings along with team-building activities.
Throughout the year you will be supported by several staff and senior corps members. Your Impact Manager and Team Leader will provide you and your teammates with the resources and guidance to enable your success through the year. Additional members of your leadership team include an Impact Director, Instructional Coach, and the Service Team. More information about them is below.
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 offers free counseling services from trained social workers. Information on how to access confidential services will be shared during your orientation.
In addition to the support and guidance you will receive from your Impact Manager and Team Leader, staff in every department will work to ensure that AmeriCorps members have information and resources to effectively serve, problems are resolved in a timely manner, and feedback from members is used in decision-making.
Staff and Teams
Impact Manager (IM): Impact Managers are your supervisors; your primary staff point each day. They ensure that your team and Team Leader have a successful year of service within your school partnership and help you meet your professional and personal goals. Impact Managers oversee one or two teams within a Zone (region).
Team Leader (TL): This senior corps member will be your first point of contact for much of service. They will support you throughout the year, offering wisdom, guidance, fun, mentorship, and that extra boost of inspiration you’ll need through long days. Most Team Leaders are alumni, having provided the service you will provide to students.
Service Manager (SM): Service Managers support select teams in the planning and implementation of after-school programs that have specific programmatic requirements.
Impact Director (ID): Impact Directors are responsible for ensuring the success of a Zone, a group of school partnerships supported by multiple IMs, TLs, and teams of AmeriCorps members. Although you will not see your Impact Director every day, will be working with your IM and TL to ensure you are meeting goals and getting the support you need.
Instructional Coach (IC): Each Zone has an instructional coach who will observe your tutoring and student support practices, at your school, throughout the year. Your Instructional Coach works with your leadership team to identify and provide additional learning and development to build your skills and confidence as you progress on your service journey.
Service Team: The Service Team – Instructional Coaches, Learning and Development, and Evaluation – support AmeriCorps members’ development, coaching, and use of data to improve outcomes for students. Located in the downtown office, you will see them almost every Monday for Learning and Development Days. The team also hosts several events throughout the year where you can engage, connect, and learn from your peers and staff.
Operations Team: The Operations Team is responsible for ensuring that our staff and AmeriCorps members have the systems, structures, and support needed to provide high quality service. They work with each department to promote a positive climate and organizational culture. The Operations Team is in our downtown office and will be your first point of contact for registration day.
DevComm Team: The Development Communications team is responsible for securing the visibility and funds necessary to enable City Year New York's service in schools. Investments from AmeriCorps, government and schools, individuals, corporations, and foundations provide the financial support needed to run our site.
The City Year New York community will be strongest when members can contribute their perspective, skills, and feedback to site-wide projects. There are many opportunities to do so, two of which are highlighted below.
The Corps Council, with representation from each school-based team, meets frequently with senior corps members and other site leaders to discuss a wide variety of policies and practices. On occasion, the Corps Council plans or implements specific initiatives in addition to being a source of information and feedback on behalf of their teammates.
Service Reserves engage external volunteers in service projects which directly benefit our school communities and neighborhoods across the city. Organized by the Civic Engagement team, Service Reserves hone their project planning and management skills while leading volunteer teams to complete transformative projects.
Once you are placed in a classroom(s) and service is launched (this happens in late September/ early October) you will receive a daily schedule from your Impact Manager. While these schedules look different school to school and corps member to corps member, they typically include times you'll be supporting your students and teachers, prep periods, lunch, and your schedule for after school! Check out some example schedules below.
Example of a daily team schedule from one of our East New York schools.
Example of a weekly individual schedule from one of our Harlem schools.