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Social Capitalists: City Year

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City Year

Michael Brown, CEO
Boston, Massachusetts
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City Year’s vision is that one day the most commonly asked question of a young person will be:

“Where are you going to do your service year?”

City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these young leaders make a difference in the lives of children and transform schools and neighborhoods across the U.S. and in South Africa. City Year is a proud member of AmeriCorps.

This year, City Year’s 1,400 young leaders will complete more than 2.4 million hours of service through the following activities:

  • Mentoring, tutoring, and educating school children in partnership with public schools;
  • Organizing after-school programs and school vacation programs;
  • Engaging students of all ages in community service and leadership development activities; and
  • Planning and leading physical service projects.

From a 50-person summer pilot program in 1988, City Year has grown to 18 locations:

  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbia, SC
  • Columbus, OH
  • Detroit, MI
  • Little Rock/North Little Rock, AR
  • Louisiana
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New Hampshire
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Rhode Island
  • San José/Silicon Valley, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Seattle/King County, WA
  • South Africa
  • Washington, DC

Since its inception, City Year has:

  • Graduated more than 10,400 alumni;
  • Served 1,060,000 children;
  • Completed 16 million hours of service;
  • Partnered with more than 1050 corporations and 3,100 service organizations; and
  • Engaged more than 1,000,000 citizens in service.

City Year is a model private/public partnership, and its closest strategic partners include:

  • Bank of America
  • Cisco
  • Comcast
  • CSX
  • Pepperidge Farm®
  • Pepsi-Cola Company
  • The Timberland Company
  • T-Mobile