http://www.cityyear.org/

City Year

AmeriCorps Member

August 2018 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed the opportunity to network, get real world experience that I can put on my resume, and get connected with people in a new community. This was my chance to see if I want to become a teacher, and now I know that I do not want to teach k-12, but rather higher education instead.

What I wish was different

I wish the pay would be better- it is not easy trying to live on a biweekly living stipend of $510. That is an organization wide issue, though, and it is expected to improve in the future. I wish my experience was better represented in recruiting materials. Working with middle schoolers means a different expectation that with elementary school students such as we cannot effectively do small groups. This made training unhelpful at times and made me feel disconnected from what my purpose was meant to be.

Advice

If you are thinking about teaching, this is a great opportunity to see what that would be like. City Year helps develop connections for potential educators. If you are trying to look for a gap year, just be warned. 50+ hours, low pay, high expectations- it can add up to a lot of tress, and burning burn-out. I am thankful for my opportunity but I am ready to move on to the next chapter.
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Academic Success Coach

July 2019 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

Working with kids everyday is such an enlightening experience because they have so much knowledge and they look up to you because they know you too have knowledge.

What I wish was different

Advice

The adjustment to the schedule was difficult because the hours are so long but if the kids can do it so can you.
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Americorps Member

August 2017 - June 2018 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

I enjoyed working with students and many of the fellow Americorps members.

What I wish was different

The management can be unprofessional and expects you to follow unhealthy and overloaded hours for no additional pay. Now that I have worked many other jobs, I can confidently say there are better opportunities in education and social services.

Advice

I would not recommend this position.
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Marketing and Communication intern

August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked that I was able to work from home and have creative freedom.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have also been in office to gain organizational communication skills.

Advice

Don’t forget that this is an internship, it’s okay to make mistakes.
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mentor

January 2019 • Miami, FL

What I liked

Helping the future generation. Providing extra resources from communities that face oppression and lack of funds

What I wish was different

The funds and resources would be provided to ensure the children’s success

Advice

Always go in with the mindset that the child does not know and be willing to teach. Handle every situation with patience and grace
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Americorps Member

July 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

The culture is very positive and has a strong focus on maintaining employees mental and physical wellbeing.

What I wish was different

There were some aspects of certain events that I didnt like, but not because of an inherent flaw in that aspect, but simply because it wasn't my cup of tea.

Advice

If you choose to serve at City Year, do not expect it to be easy. It's long hours of difficult and stressful work. That being said, its immensely rewarding and I wouldnt trade my time here for the world.
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AmeriCorps Member

July 2018 - August 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

The vocabulary used at City Year was self-aware, demonstrating qualities of positivity and growth. It wasn't weaknesses it was "grows," it wasn't things you were good at it was "strengths." These words produced a powerful team that I worked with to bring that same positive attitude to students in the inner-cities. The relationships that I had with them were genuine, and as I taught them about life, goals, etc., they taught me to be patient and understanding. Also, City Year gave me opportunities to take on leadership roles. I was the media coordinator for my school, which gave me the responsibilities and creative freedom to created newsletters.

What I wish was different

Of course, the stipend is not all that much but that is to be expected at many nonprofits. My only wish is that one day nonprofits will receive more funding and allow the workers to be paid more for the challenging work they do. Also, I would like to see City Year prepare the incoming AmeriCorps Members with what the day-by-day activities will be such as lesson plans, afterschool programs, etc.

Advice

Purpose. Find your purpose for being at City Year and influence it on the students. Interested in politics? Tell them about politics. Interested in writing (like me?) Get them writing, and show them how fun writing can be. Interested in accounting? Show them the benefits of accounting. Students are like sponges of information ready to absorb the next thing. And as long as you relate it to their lives, they are willing to listen.
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Student Success Coach

August 2018 • Miami, FL

What I liked

I loved being able to connect with people from various backgrounds who all had the same goals and aspirations in mind.

What I wish was different

I wish I had applied to be in Miami to begin with so that I could receive more training.

Advice

It’s hard work and draining, so it’s important to have and develop healthy self-care habits, and to reach out using the resources City Year provides you.
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Americorps Member

July 2018 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

I love the City Year culture and how much they put into helping me be the best I can be at this job. They also have a lot of resources for figuring out what you want to do after the city year is over in June which are very helpful.

What I wish was different

The payment is just a stipend so it covers rent and living costs. I wish they paid more because it’s a pretty low number after taxes every two weeks. But that’s part of why it is service work, and it’s definitely a livable amount if you have a good budget.

Advice

City Year can be very challenging. You don’t need teaching experience but be ready for very long, and sometimes very difficult, days.
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Americorps Member

June 2018 • Detroit, MI

What I liked

I feel very purposeful in my job and it has helped me planned my future career goals.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

It's hard work. Very hard work, but every day is rewarding. The staff and managers are very helpful in finding us resources and trainings to help us improve. There are also a lot of networking opportunities for careers at future companies and nonprofits that partner with City Year.
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Summer Intern

June - September 2018 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

The culture of the non-profit.

What I wish was different

More hands on on projects.

Advice

The important thing to remember is that you are making a difference and that such a big problem like the inequalities within our educational system will not be solved over night!.
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Americorps member

July 2017 - June 2018 • Denver, CO

What I liked

My team!

What I wish was different

Salary was low!

Advice

Emotionally prepare !
2 people found this helpful