As well as a youth and education charity, City Year UK is a movement for social change which aims to inspire young people to take part in civic service and, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, to "be the change they wish to see in the world". We currently work in London, Birmingham and Manchester and are a beacon for a volunteer service year. Through empowering young people to 'be the change' they wish to see in their communities, we raise the attainment and ambition of children from disadvantaged backgrounds while supporting our volunteers - known as 'corps members' - to develop skills and networks to realise their ambitions after City Year.
Originally founded in Boston in 1988 by Harvard Law School roommates Michael Brown and Alan Khazei, City Year now operates in 26 US cities with nearly 3,000 young people dedicating 11 months of service each year. City Year was able to come to the UK in 2010 and our ambition for the next ten years is to grow to support 70,000 children with 1000 corps members in 100 schools across 5 UK cities.
Since 2010, 500 young people have completed a 'City Year' in London and Birmingham, giving more than 570,000 hours and reaching over 20,000 children growing up in deprived areas. More than ninety percent of City Year UK's alumni make a smooth transition into further education, employment or training after their 'City Year'.
1. What do we want to know about you?
City Year is a huge commitment, and we really want young people who we can count on to uphold the commitment they make to their teammates and the children you will volunteer with. Because of that, we are particularly keen to know how City Year relates to your personal and professional development, in addition to why you're passionate about serving the community. Personalise your application!
2. Do you need to have lots of previous experience working with children to apply?
No. Some people come to us with lots of experience working with children and others have little none. The important thing is that you: are passionate and committed to making a difference; can demonstrate that you have transferable skills that will enable you to be effective in the role; are coachable and willing to learn. All of our corps members receive training prior to starting at school and throughout the year of service and this will involve direct input from education professionals.
3. What do we expect you to do ahead of the interview?
Research! This could mean attending an information session, looking through our website, learning online about the other City Year sites, or contacting members of the current City Year staff and corps. The interview process is an opportunity for you to ask further questions about our programme too.
4. Where can your City year take you?
A year working with children does not necessarily mean that the education sector is the only professional destination option for corps members after City Year. We aim to support corps members with: identifying their strengths and individual areas of professional interest; developing transferable skills during their service year and helping them to identify pathways to realise aspirations. Our corps members go on to a variety of interesting opportunities with other organisations after completing City Year: higher education, teacher training, graduate schemes, apprenticeships, joining staff at City Year and much more.
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