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Updated May 25, 2017
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  • Be prepared to work hard and work long hours (in 199 reviews)

  • Work life balance is only available if you work hard at it (in 48 reviews)

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  1. "Volunteering as a Living"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to participate in really excellent work and connect with students on a deep level, you really get to invest in students lives and you learn a lot about the education system

    Cons

    You get paid so little for the work you're doing, an unclear job description leads to high quantity of work that usually doesn't get completed very well due to vague instructions. It's a hard year.

    Advice to Management

    Value the commitment your employees are making and use the feedback you've been receiving to actually do something about making the Jacksonville site better.


  2. ""Giving a Year": Not everything It's Made Out to Be, but Something Nonetheless"

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    Current Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Serving a corps year is a unique way to get your foot in the door in education without paying to go to school or taking on the full responsibility of managing a classroom (although you may run afterschool programs).

    - By sheer necessity, City Year will improve your emotional intelligence and deescalation skills.

    Cons

    - Long hours, little pay.

    - Corps-like nature of City Year can be a turn-off for some (the uniform, rules like no J-walking or headphones in uniform, etc.)

    - Though City Year is a "majority minority" organization overall (people of color make up the majority of the organization as a whole), some sites like Boston have a diversity problem (the majority of the Boston corps is largely White).

    - City Year is designed for someone with no experience in education to be able to serve in a classroom. Arguably, corps members with no experience or training in education benefit more from the corps year than the students, who deserve trained and experienced teachers and tutors.

    Advice to Management

    View City Year as a temporary solution to the opportunity gap. Getting relatively inexperienced corps members in the classroom to provide more one-on-one attention is helpful, but ultimately, students in underfunded schools deserve the same opportunities and resources as other schools. They deserve trained and experienced adults. City Year should advocate for these adults and seek to run itself out of business or to eventually change missions and transform into City Year 3.0. This should take priority over expansion of City Year into new locations.


  3. "You spend most of your day in class with the students. It allows you to observe how teachers manage their class."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -If YOU put in effort, the students will too.
    -Seeing the students catch up to grade level.
    -real world experience to see if you want to be a teacher, work in the education field, or a non profit
    -Networking
    -loan deferment while you're in the program
    -Around 5000 dollars education award at the end that can only be used for student loans or college courses

    Cons

    -Pay and time (460 every 2 weeks, 40 or so hours a week)
    -A lot of training days that repeat information from orientation.
    -You are basically a volunteer that makes a tiny bit of money so really think about whether you can afford to do this. It's terrible when people leave because of the pay. The students have to readjust to a new corp member, if a new member is found in time.


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  5. "Great Work for a Great Cause!"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The interactions you have with students, teachers, school administration is different from school to school, but generally are positive. Staff are always willing to help and go above and beyond.

    Cons

    Pay is a stipend, so you have to be ready to life frugally. Hours are long. Sometimes team dynamics aren't the best.


  6. "Just be realistic with it thats all"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I think it can bring together people with like-minded qualities

    Cons

    I think the hours you sometimes work is ridiculous compared to any teacher or principal at the school. Yes, they'll tell you its bc of x,y, and z. But it just leads to burn out.
    Very strong cult like culture

    Advice to Management

    Don't take it so serious. Corps Members are motivated to help, but no need to suck the fun out of it.


  7. "City Year San Jose"

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    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - AmeriCorps Member in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Amazing community
    - Keeps Americorps members in touch with their leadership styles, values, and strengths
    - Experience working in an under resourced school is extremely informative for any type of social work related job
    - Segal Education Award at end of service year
    - Incredible partnerships with schools and other businesses
    - Much care put toward "LACY" (life after City Year)

    Cons

    - Extremely low pay give how many hours we work
    - Unattractive and strict uniform
    - Required to work even when students do not have school
    - Unclear delivery of expectations before accepting job


  8. "Corps Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    making a positive impact on children

    Cons

    poor organization and communication, lack of consistency across school sites


  9. "Hard but Worth It"

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    Former Employee - Corps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Corps Member in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love my team!
    I love my students!
    I left this experience a better person and with great connections

    Cons

    If you're moving to a different city, be sure to plan financially speaking - not much pay because it is an AmeriCorps program. Planning is key.

    Advice to Management

    Keep having open dialogue about ways to improve!


  10. "Americorps member"

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    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - AmeriCorps Member in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at City Year (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Got to work with Children
    - Great opportunity for leadership

    Cons

    -micro-managed
    -do not have a voice
    -overworked, underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Be understanding when it comes to absences.


  11. "City Year AneriCorps Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at City Year full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work experience and exposure to many different career paths. A strong resume builder and a great way to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Long hours and very little pay.


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