This is a real shot in the dark…But has anyone done City Year?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2115 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I know a few people who have done it. It doesn’t pay very much. I think you only get a stipend, rather than a salary like with TFA. That’s about as much as I know about it. The people I know who did City Year did enjoy it, though!

Post # 4
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

After I finished school I worked in a public school for a year doing tutoring, classroom aide work, etc. through Americorps (sounds like it might be a similar program to City Year).

It made a lot of sense at the time since I wasn’t 100% sure I wanted to go into education, and that year of experience confirmed it for me. Yes, it was not the best pay (Americorps offers a stipend as well) but I feel it was a good stepping stone before going back to school again for my teaching certification. I won’t get into the TFA debate (haha) but the Americorps year was absolutely the way for me to go rather than through TFA.

Post # 5
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My sister did City Year! Later she did Teach for America, too.

She made very little money but it was meaningful work. You are supposed to live at the same economic status as the people you serve (not very high, that is).

It was stressful but she enjoyed it!

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