Corps Member (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – July 10, 2018
If you are not a people person, then this may not be the experience you want to sign up for. Don't always expect to get along with team members, ergo working on group projects can be quite frustrating if you feel that not everyone on the team is pulling their weight or purposely trying to pull you down. The kids you work with can be loud as well--some of them will refuse your help and go out of their way to stress you out. The hours are long and you will essentially feel like you live at the school-- basically no work/life balance. And if you don't find the support you need then best pack your bags and run as fast as your legs can carry you.
Corps Member (Former Employee) – Denver, CO – July 19, 2018
City Year is a non-profit educational organization run by Americorps. I was fairly idealistic when I went into this program about how I could affect change in the world.
In my time it felt like upper management didn't have or realize the same goals that we did in the actual classroom. The "Training" we received did not prepare us for some of the situations that we encountered on a day to day basis and many of the situations we found ourselves in we were not able to engage or help as a legal issue and had to be left up to teachers or mental health specialists.
A lot of my time was spent trying to figure out where I fit in to the culture and structure of the program and while the core value of this company was something I believed in, it was difficult to feel any sort of sense of accomplishment.
I am intentionally being vague as I do not want to besmirch the company's reputation but things that I was offered that didn't pan out:
Mentorship that would help me to find my next career after my service with City Year
An excellent organization that would be good to put on my resume as people would recognize the brand and Americorps and be more willing to hire me
Relevant and marketable skills
Opportunities to network with company's that were looking to hire often were things that I was not qualified for
Supportive environment (the environment was toxic where many of my fellow corpsmembers felt tricked, disillusioned, overworked and underpaid while the CEO made a more than comfortable salary. On more than one occasion things got heated to a point where HR shouldmore... have stepped in but HR was only my fellow Corpsmembers who were as beleaguered as any of us were)
There were those that moved on and managed to make this "opportunity" work for them but many of them came from money and had opportunity both during their time and after that allowed for comfortable career path flow. For many of us though this was a year of suffering that made it quite challenging on a day to day to survive.less
Corp Member (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – June 16, 2018
- I really enjoyed my experience at city year. - I made some life-long friends - Work-place culture was very campy - The management was great - The hardest part of the job was the long hours - The most enjoyable part of the job was working with children and making a difference in the lives of youth
It was the great place to get your foot in if thinking about becoming a teacher as you are in a classroom with students. You create a lesson for a small group of students that need help in Math and ELA
City Year AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – June 11, 2018
You work with students and sometimes they yell at you and treat you like garbage. However, you build relationships with them and you see them grow. The work outside of the direct work with students is very demanding and exhausting. The hours are long, the days are stressful and you always have a lot on your plate, but it is truly a learning experience and the staff are committed to your professional and personal growth.
Literacy Specialist (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – June 5, 2018
While the entails of the job were many times pressing and unsupported, the opportunity to work with such great students and do such fulfilling work. To be able to work in such a setting, is more worthy than any dollar; which is why many stay without regard for the pay.
Americorp Member, Student Engagement Coordinator (Former Employee) – Queens, NY – June 3, 2018
It depends a lot on who you are placed with and how well you can work with your team. There's a lot of work that feels superfluous. It's difficult to be able to work with the teachers in order to achieve what city year's goals are.
Unfortunately, city year needs to figure out if they want to be a serious academic intervention program and provided the necessary training for such, or if they want to stick to events and school environment projects.
Great hands on experience working directly with students
AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – May 26, 2018
My typical day starts at about 6:00 AM and do not finish until 6:00 PM. As a City Year AmeriCorps Member, you are required to reach a 15 hour commitment per student (6 English Language Arts and 5 Math). Required to host 8 sessions focused on socioemotional learning while doing school wide activities. It is long days and pay does not allow employees to live in the nicer areas. It is not accommodating for folks who are out of state.
AmeriCorps Member (Current Employee) – Miami, FL – May 18, 2018
You work with in the Miami dade county schools. Some days might be harder than others and some might be easy breeze. It is very Team oriented which I love because you get to work with people across the world. You build this second family and work with amazing students. It might get tough sometimes but at the end it all worth it.
Corps Council Representative (Former Employee) – New York, NY – May 1, 2018
It is a year of service. With that comes many challenges that you do not always have the resources to solve, but you must find solutions. It strengthens people and provides a greater appreciation for the education system
Productive and fun workday interacting with students, Staff is super supportive
AmeriCorps Member (Current Employee) – Providence, RI – May 1, 2018
A typical day at work consists of providing whole class support in either a math or english classroom. We have a designated amount of students we work with separately from the entire class. We power greet students in the morning, depending on what grade levels we work with(not on the high school level), we assist with afterschool and morning programs. We plan and sponsor initiatives and events within the school. Extra hour opportunities occur after school hours.
AmeriCorps Member (Former Employee) – Memphis, TN – April 30, 2018
CY is one of the strangest, most unique, and hardest jobs I've ever encountered. Not only will you develop the minds of the students you work with, but you'll develop yourself. You'll be tested to your limits and you'll be able to say that you did it; which if you're like me, means the world.