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The Gap Year Experience

Erica Pence | Posted 07.19.2016 | Education
Erica Pence

The " gap year" has been a notable topic of discussion for several years. Should it be mandatory? Should it be a requirement for American citizens to ...

My City Year

Emma Kravitz | Posted 07.20.2016 | Impact
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Emma Kravitz

I was fortunate enough to have an experience like City Year to open my eyes and heart. What I know now is that I plan to spend the rest of my career advocating for kids who need voices. What will you do?

A Call to Action: Summer Service

Wendy Spencer | Posted 06.05.2016 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

If we continue to work together, we can ensure that more young people feel empowered to take an active role in making our communities better.

A Service Year for the Nation's Young People Would Hasten King's Vision for America

Michael Brown | Posted 03.20.2015 | Impact
Michael Brown

Several of my favorite King quotes speak powerfully to an idea that I believe can help advance King's vision for America. That idea is large-scale, voluntary national service as a civic rite of passage.

Numbers That Prove Just How Good Volunteering Is For You

Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact

When you were young, you may have been forced to answer the question: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Maybe you've just graduated from coll...

Taking the AmeriCorps Pledge to Grow It

Michael Brown | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Brown

AmeriCorps, the nation's domestic national service program, celebrates its 20th anniversary. At a White House ceremony, and events nationwide -- new recruits will raise their right hand and take the AmeriCorps pledge "to get things done for America."

This School Problem Belongs to All of Us

Andrew Hauptman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Andrew Hauptman

If you know in advance that you are going to make a significant return on an investment, how do you not invest? And when that investment is in kids' lives, we have a remarkable opportunity to impact a generation -- and a moral obligation to do so.

Joy Resmovits

Is This The Secret To Improving America's Schools? | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

As the debate rages about the best way to fix America's public schools -- from heated rhetoric on the role of standardized testing to wonkier discussi...

How Higher Education Can Prepare The Volunteer Generation

Drew Stelljes | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Drew Stelljes

The volunteer generation has come to adulthood. They are bringing skills learned in the classroom and practiced in community into the workplace and, yet, more often than not, they are settling into jobs that fit their skillset but not their budding passion.

Tough Enough to Make a Difference

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

It's May and commencement time! Last weekend, Wheelock College and hundreds of other institutions across the country celebrated the proud tradition o...

Filling in the "Gaps" of a College Education

Kara McFadden | Posted 07.14.2014 | College
Kara McFadden

The term "gap year" can have a negative connotation because it makes us think of inserting a gap in our lives, delaying, and possibly even derailing, our future plans in the process. But this thinking is dated and backward.

A Living Systems Approach to Addressing the High School Dropout Crisis

Max Klau | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Max Klau

Recently, I had the tremendous privilege of presenting at TEDx HGSE, a local TEDx conference organized by my alma mater, the Harvard Graduate School o...

Can Business Help Bring Civic Engagement to Scale?

Michael Brown | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Michael Brown

The spirit of young people, their idealism and desire to serve have been a source of inspiration since I co-founded City Year 25 years ago.

Preparing for Life After a Year of Service

Evelyne Santiago | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Evelyne Santiago

Members of their talent acquisitions team also gave us some great advice on how to get started with the job search. Here are five top tips:

Does Your Neighborhood Suck?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

How are children supposed to "want it, work for it and fight for it" when they don't even know it exists?

Boston Feasts on Education

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

The foundation of Boston's future success and economic viability is our schools.

Service: Unlocking Our Nation's Potential

Andrew Hauptman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Andrew Hauptman

More and more young people across the country are saying "yes" to service, and for those fortunate enough to serve, their work is paying off. However, there are not enough opportunities for most young people to turn their ideals into action.

The Farther We Journey, the Closer We Come to Our Authentic Selves: Reflections on the Millennial Train

Max Klau | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Max Klau

Retro innovation. High-speed stillness. Time-bound eternity. Every moment on the train was alive with these sorts of paradoxes, and the experience was the exact opposite of jarring.

The Journey Begins: A Partnership Designed to Unleash the Spirit of 21st Century Innovation

Max Klau | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Max Klau

August is always an exciting time of year at City Year. In the weeks ahead we'll be welcoming our new corps of 2,700 idealistic leaders to begin thei...

This Denim Jacket Is TERRIBLE ... And It Could Be Yours!

HuffPost Live | John Stephens | Posted 07.17.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

In 2012 a record number of Americans applied to serve their country, but 500,000 applicants to AmeriCorps were turned away because funding for the Ser...

Wake Up Church: National Service and the Crossroads of Faith and Justice

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I cannot yet tell what is more alarming. The fact that the architects of this National Service strategy have such a limited view of the role that faith communities have played and still play or that it appears that religious leaders have little idea that this service work is going on.

On Serving Our Fellow Americans and the World

Richard Walden | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

I have trouble believing that a large majority of America's young (with their parents' support) would not serve if offered the opportunity.

Give a Year? Give Us Advice

Ellen Meyers | Posted 08.16.2013 | College
Ellen Meyers

Last week, I had my high school graduation. Sitting in the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, my classmates and I were anxious to get through all the spe...

Some Choice Nonprofits

Richard Abrons | Posted 08.12.2013 | New York
Richard Abrons

We New Yorkers are a generous bunch. Mostly we know where we want to help. Some of us, however, are unsure of where to aim their dollars. These organizations are worthy of your investigation.

Developing Leaders on a Moving Train

Max Klau | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Max Klau

City Year has agreed to help the remarkable social entrepreneurs behind this exciting initiative turn a ten-day cross-country train trip into a transformational leadership development experience.