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City Year Columbia

The weather isn’t the only thing that’s hot here. Our passion and dedication are ignited to help Columbia’s students build on their strengths, take risks in their learning and feel connected to their school community.

Serving in Columbia

While Columbia is widely known for being a vibrant center for academia, business, tech and medicine, some students in Columbia face significant challenges every day. City Year Columbia serves nearly 1,500 students in three public schools, providing holistic supports to help students succeed.

I found City Year while looking for a service experience where I might explore my personal and professional goals while giving back to my local community. I chose to serve with City Year because I absolutely love the Whole School, Whole Child philosophy and its dedication to school-wide support.

Joseph Ravan City Year Columbia, ‘18

Your corps experience

City Year is a key partner to Lexington School District Four and Richland School District One in creating equitable learning opportunities for all students and developing the city’s future leaders. AmeriCorps members support teachers and staff in delivering instruction that serves the development of the whole child and is responsive to the diverse racial, cultural and linguistic needs of Columbia youth.

More than 76% of students tutored by AmeriCorps members last year improved their test scores, an indication that AmeriCorps members are truly making an impact. A close-knit community with ample opportunities to develop meaningful personal and professional relationships, Columbia is an ideal place to serve. By engaging students, families and community organizations, City Year helps South Carolina students become college- and career-ready. Being college-ready means that a high school graduate has the literacy and mathematics knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial coursework.

Serving in Columbia Schools

  • Serve in one of three elementary or middle throughout the Columbia area.
  • Work with a committed and diverse group of eight City Year AmeriCorps members who share your passion for service and personal growth. Columbia is a small team; therefore, we tend to have a family-like structure. The Columbia staff is fully invested in the growth and development of our AmeriCorps members.

Professional Development

City Year Columbia team champions

  • Purpose: to provide an extended network of support and guidance for City Year AmeriCorps members by leveraging and uniting external partners and other members of the City Year community.
  • Program goals: to provide AmeriCorps members with resources for professional guidance and development. To give AmeriCorps members external support throughout their service year as they work to determine their LACY (Leadership After City Year) plans. The goal of the partnership is primarily for corps members to connect with individuals in the community and to learn more about the work force. Depending on interest, teams may have more than one champion.

Teacher Talent Pipeline: Columbia College and City Year Columbia

Columbia College’s Center of Excellence is the partnering program where our AmeriCorps members will get the opportunity to earn a M.Ed. in Divergent Learning and obtain alternative teacher certification. This partnership is reserved for the second year AmeriCorps members only, so that they can draw on their first year experience and be able to use their education award towards tuition.

Community involvement

We seek to create a positive climate of high expectations and engagement that ripples throughout the greater Columbia community.

Our stories

The Corps

Coming into the corps for my first year, I did not know what to expect from the organization, inside or...

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The Corps

Between the minutes of my first and second alarm, I think of how warm my bed is until my mind...

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Benefits & Resources

How can I get around without a car? What's it like to serve in Columbia? We answer all your top...

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Over the last 30 years we have built a robust relationship with public schools in Columbia, teachers, families and the community at large. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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