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City Year Mid Year Pre-Interview Information

Culture and diversity

City Year’s culture is based on the foundation of teamwork and diversity. We embrace diversity of every kind and see differences as strengths that help us meet our goals to get students to graduation. The communities we work in are incredibly diverse. The unique perspectives of our diverse teams enable us to provide the greatest impact for the students we serve. Having a team with different interests, work styles, backgrounds, and experiences helps us ensure there is someone who can connect with and get through to every single student.

The City Year uniform is a symbol of our full-time commitment to service. Please click here for additional information about uniform requirements.

What we look for

  • Experience as a tutor, mentor, coach or leader
  • Experience working on diverse teams
  • Experience working with children
  • Demonstration of perseverance in difficult situations
  • Commitment to your work and completion of the service year

During the interview, we look for and assess applicants who demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Commitment to a cause greater than self
  • Cultural Empathy
  • Self-Management
  • Growth Mindset
  • Solution Oriented
  • Relationship Building

To learn more about what to expect and how to prepare for the interview, please watch this video.

Eligibility requirements

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • Able to dedicate 8 months or 6 months to service
  • Between the ages of 17*-25
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Have served no more than four terms in an AmeriCorps State or National Direct program
  • Agree to complete a background or security check

*Must have GED or high school diploma and parent/legal guardian signature required upon onboarding.

Position requirements

  • Student Success Coach
    • This is a full-time commitment – a 1200 or 900 hour role that averages 10-12 hours per day, Monday through Friday.
  • The minimum hours requirement must be completed within 8 months (1200 hours) or 6 months (900 hours) to successfully graduate the program and receive all benefits.
  • For special training and events, you may be required to occasionally work hours outside your typical schedule.
  • The mid-year term of service with City Year generally starts in October, December or January (depending on the location) and ends the following June unless stated otherwise by your specific City Year Site. Please note: there will be a mandatory in-person registration day prior to your first day of service. Registration, training, and start dates will be communicated to you as soon as they become available. Failure to show up for registration day will result in a withdrawal of your acceptance in the program.

Benefits

Over the course of your service year, you’ll receive a wide variety of exciting benefits. Please explore the full list of benefits here.

Housing

City Year does not provide housing for AmeriCorps members. You will be responsible for securing your own housing. If you are offered a position to serve with City Year, you will be introduced to your local Service Year Advisor, who will provide information and resources to identify affordable housing and to secure roommates if needed.

Deadlines and processing timelines

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. We will process your application according to the timeline below.

Interviews: Interviews will take place within one to two weeks upon submission of your application.*

Notification: We will notify you of our admissions decision within one to two weeks of your interview. Decisions are given every Thursday.**

Confirmation: If selected to serve, you will have until the following Friday from your notification date to either accept or decline your offer.***

If you are not offered a position with City Year, you may reapply for the following service year as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

*We cannot grant an admissions decision without a valid, complete recommendation form on file. Friends, family members, and neighbors cannot serve as a professional reference.

**You will interview for the location you applied to. If you would like to be considered for another location, please contact your National Admissions Counselor.

***If there are no spots available at your primary location and you are a qualified applicant, we may extend a transfer offer. You will work with your National Admissions Counselor to transfer your application to one of our other available locations.

Eligibility and background check

If you have served four terms (of any length) in an AmeriCorps State or National program you are not eligible to join City Year. If you accept a City Year AmeriCorps member position, you will be required to bring proof of citizenship and employment eligibility documentation to Registration Day. An original Social Security Card is also required. If you cannot demonstrate that you are a US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident, you are not eligible to serve.

Valid documentation is either:

  • US passport
  • US Birth Certificate & government issued photo ID
  • Legal Permanent Resident Card

Background Check: All AmeriCorps members are required to complete a criminal background check including a National Sex Offender search, FBI Fingerprint search and state searches in their current state of residence and in the state where they will be serving. Applicants who are listed on the National Sex Offender website or have been convicted of murder are not eligible. All other criminal records will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Vacation, holiday & breaks

City Year AmeriCorps Members are required to serve from the first official day of the program through graduation day. Throughout the year, there will be required events that everyone must attend. A full list of dates will be provided at the beginning of the year.

Please note that our AmeriCorps members serve during most school vacations, except Thanksgiving and the holiday break in December. AmeriCorps members receive most Federal Holidays off. Additional time off (9 days for 1200 hours and 7 days for 900 hours) is granted for religious holidays, illness, doctor appointments, or academic/career interviews. However, these requests must first be approved by your supervisor.

Transportation and contact information

City Year Baton Rouge

 

City Year Baton Rouge has a strong partnership with the Capital Area Transit System that grants free monthly transit passes to each AmeriCorps member throughout their term of service. It is the responsibility of each individual AmeriCorps member to find and secure their own daily transportation.
City Year Boston

 

 

City Year Boston has a strong relationship with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and in the past, City Year AmeriCorps members have received passes for the bus, train and commuter rail. While we anticipate this partnership will continue for the 2022-2023 service year, it is not guaranteed.

City Year Buffalo

 

All AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive a monthly NFTA Metro pass to use on the light rail and bus. This benefit is available if requested by incoming Corps members.

City Year Chicago

 

 

All AmeriCorps members have the option of receiving a free Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) pass during their year of service, in exchange for 3-4 hours of volunteer service with the CTA each month. AmeriCorps members have the option to opt out of the CTA pass and provide their own transportation to/from service, in which case they will not have to complete the monthly CTA service.

City Year Cleveland

 

 

This site has adopted a culture of carpooling, where our AmeriCorps members ride together to and from service. It is the responsibility of each individual to find and secure their own daily transportation.

City Year Columbia

 

 

This site has adopted a culture of carpooling, where our AmeriCorps members ride together to and from service. It is the responsibility of each individual to find and secure their own daily transportation.

City Year Columbus  

 

COTA bus passes are provided to all AmeriCorps Members

 

City Year Dallas  

 

AmeriCorps members will be provided with a public transit pass if they do not have transportation. This benefit is not provided to everyone.

 

City Year Denver  

AmeriCorps members who do not have a car, or who do not want to drive will be provided an RTD bus pass and Light rail pass for service (Zone 1).

 

City Year Detroit

 

 

This site has adopted a culture of carpooling, where our AmeriCorps members ride together to and from service. It is the responsibility of each individual to find and secure their own daily transportation.

 

City Year Jacksonville  

This site has adopted a culture of carpooling, where our AmeriCorps members ride together to and from service. It is the responsibility of each individual to find and secure their own daily transportation.

City Year Kansas City KCATA is free for everyone.
City Year Little Rock  

This site has adopted a culture of carpooling, where our AmeriCorps members ride together to and from service. It is the responsibility of each individual to find and secure their own daily transportation.

City Year Los Angeles  

All AmeriCorps members receive a Metro TAP pass for unlimited public transit in the immediate LA-area.

 

City Year Memphis

 

All AmeriCorps members will receive a free public transit pass.
City Year Miami  

All AmeriCorps members will receive a Miami-Dade Transportation pass within their first week of service. This pass will allow you free unlimited rides in the Miami-Dade transportation network. More information will be provided closer to registration day.

City Year Milwaukee  

All AmeriCorps members receive a Milwaukee County Transit System bus pass.

City Year New Hampshire  

This site has adopted a culture of carpooling, where our AmeriCorps members ride together to and from service. It is the responsibility of each individual to find and secure their own daily transportation.

City Year New Orleans  

This site has adopted a culture of carpooling, where our AmeriCorps members ride together to and from service. It is the responsibility of each individual to find and secure their own daily transportation.

City Year New York  

All AmeriCorps members receive a free unlimited monthly MetroCard.

City Year Orlando  

City Year AmeriCorps members will receive a LYNX Transportation ID within their first week of service. This pass will allow you to receive free unlimited rides wherever in the LYNX network. More information will be provided closer to registration day.

City Year Philadelphia  

City Year Philadelphia provides AmeriCorps members with transportation support for the bus, trolley and subway.

 

City Year Providence  

All AmeriCorps members are provided a Providence Public Transit Authority Bus Pass.

City Year Sacramento  

City Year provides monthly transit passes to all AmeriCorps members which are good on all Regional Transit (RT) buses and light rail, as well as Yolo County buses. These passes are usually issued within the first week, but can be delayed. Please plan on providing your own transportation for the first two weeks.

City Year San Antonio  

Travel passes have been donated by San Antonio’s VIA Transportation System. This partnership is revisited annually. It is strongly encouraged to carpool based on reliability of the public transit system.

City Year San Jose  

Passes are provided by the Valley Transit Authority, but availability is contingent on annual donations. VTA passes offer bus and light rail access.

City Year Seattle  

All AmeriCorps members are provided with Orca cards for travel on Seattle metro buses and link light rails.

City Year Tulsa  

Tulsa Transit passes are only provided to AmeriCorps Members who do not have a car or choose not to use their car for transit to and from service.

City Year Washington, DC  

All AmeriCorps members receive $150 per month to use on the DC Metro, or WMATA. Depending on where you live/how long your commute is, it can cost more than $6 one way. If you use up all of your $150, then it is your responsibility to get to and from your service. This money will be pre-loaded on the 1st of the month onto a SmarTrip card that City Year provides you.

Additional questions

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the National Admissions Team.

National Strategic Partners
National Partners