City Year is a leading youth and education charity and a beacon for a volunteer service year. They raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and give volunteers the skills to make a success of their lives after City Year. City Year recruits 18-to-25-year-olds for 11 months of full-time volunteering as near-peer role models, mentors and tutors in schools in deprived areas. This simple act of ‘giving back’ through a volunteer service year has a triple impact. City Year currently has 150 corps members serving in small teams in 17 schools across London and Birmingham.
What you will do.
First of all you will attend a two-week basic training academy. This is all about preparing you with information about what it means to be a City Year corps member and equipping you with the basic knowledge you need to work in a school. You will then form a new team of between seven and ten teammates. These are the people you will work most closely with throughout your time at City Year. Your team will serve in a single school (or perhaps a pair of nearby schools) between Monday and Thursday throughout the entire school day. You will be at school in the morning to welcome the children and run after-school activities in the afternoons. You will do a range of hands-on tutoring and mentoring activities and support the teaching staff by monitoring children’s attendance, behaviour and curriculum performance. You will often eat with the children, play at break times and generally become a highly visible personality within the school. You might be the first and last person a child sees during the school day. On Fridays you will attend theCity Year HQ in Islington, or the sponsor’s offices, where you will train and attend the Leadership After City Year programme.
Who can apply?
They recruit high quality graduates and post A level students and also recruit young people who have not followed an academic path. Your passion and dedication to transforming children’s lives is what matters most. You need to be exceptional in your commitment to helping children. There isn’t a “typical” corps member but they look for people that demonstrate these qualities: passion, idealism,energy, commitment, dedication, tirelessness, optimism, hope, selflessness, pride, leadership, focus,ambition.
Volunteering with City Year is not an easy option. A year of service in a school is hard work and can be tiring – but the rewards are immense!.
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