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Career Partnership with Relay Graduate School of Education Teaching Residency



City Year is proud to partner with the Relay Graduate School of Education so our alumni can continue to lead on transformational change on pressing social problems. This partnership reflects the shared visions and values of both organizations, and their belief that young people can keep students on track to graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education. City Year strengthens an applicant’s competitiveness and chances for being selected for the Relay Teaching Residency.


From December 2019:  Watch the Teach to Serve with Relay webinar here.


The Relay Teaching Residency is different from traditional teacher training programs and from most other teaching residency programs. As a program within the Relay Graduate School of Education, Residents will learn practical teaching techniques from experienced instructors in a supportive environment, all while earning a teaching license and Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Through this paid apprenticeship, Residents will have the opportunity to build their skills for a full year as they work full time in high-need public schools and gradually take on more teaching responsibilities.

The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success at the Relay Graduate School of Education and serving a year with City Year strengthens an applicant's application and chances for being selected as a Relay Teaching Residency. Click here to learn more about the Relay experience.



Benefits offered by Relay Graduate School of Education:

  • Placement support in securing a full time teacher-in-residence position with a high-need partner school.

  • Tennessee practitioner’s teaching license offered through the Relay Graduate School of Education.

  •  Access to scholarships from the Relay Graduate School of Education to attain a Tennessee practitioner’s teaching license and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

  • Opportunity to become an AmeriCorps member through the Relay Teaching Residency, whose benefits include an Segal AmeriCorps Education Award at the completion of each year, loan forbearance, interest accrual payments, and access to a community and network of more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members and alumni.



To Apply to the Relay Teaching Residency

  • Click here to access the teacher pathway site and application.
  • The start date for the Relay Teaching Residency is in the summer. The exact date will vary according to partner schools – and most partner schools will require Residents to attend school-based professional development earlier in the summer before the Relay program begins. Please compare start date to your corps graduation date to limit conflicts.
  • City Year AmeriCorps members and alumni should highlight their City Year experience on their resume as part of the application materials, as well as indicate that they learned about the Relay Teaching Residency from City Year when asked how you heard about us in the online application.  
  • Relay Teacher Residency priority locations:
    • Baton Rouge, LA
    • Dallas, TX
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Rochester, New York
    • Indianapolis, IN
  • Applications Deadlines for 2019-2020:
    • September 30
    • November 4
    • February 3
    • March 9
    • April 6
    • May 4
  • Questions or to learn more, contact Marneé Grant, Director of National Recruitment, at

To Contact the Relay Graduate School of Education in Memphis or Nashville:

  • Complete an interest form HERE
  • Contact Marneé Grant, Director of National Recruitment, at

Alumni Spotlight

Bria Brown (Memphis '17)
Relay Teacher Resident, Freedom Preparatory Academy Charter Schools

To hear more of Bria’s LACY story, email

I always tell people "I didn't choose education, education chose me." After City Year, I had plans to continue my education in a different career field. Although I was approached several times about pursuing a career in education, I always turned it down. When representatives from school districts would visit during Learning and Development Days, I usually sat thinking, "this information doesn't apply to me." However, when Professor Baldwin and Dean Armstrong came to speak on behalf of Relay, I had no time to sit and think about how the information did or didn't apply to me. For the first time, I performed a scrimmage with my fellow corps members. To my surprise, I enjoyed every bit of it: the continuous practice, the instant feedback, and non-stop positivity. Prior to City Year, I knew I wanted to impact young people and make a change in the world. Because of Relay, I realized education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world and I considered becoming a teacher, but I had my reservations.

Since I have enrolled in Relay, I am continuously reassured of what it means for iron to sharpen iron; I am becoming the best educator that I can be.



Please note that all admissions decisions are made by Relay GSE. AmeriCorps members and alumni interested in the program must complete the full application process.