City Year UK profile

About City Year UK

Who we are

City Year UK is a youth and education charity which empowers 18-25 year olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time volunteering in schools.

Our vision is of a society where the transformative power of full-time social action in schools is an integral part of growing up in the UK; supporting every child and young person to achieve their full potential.

Our mission is twofold:

  • To give every pupil the chance to succeed, by partnering with schools to coach those furthest from opportunity to achieve the social, emotional and academic results they need to progress at every stage of their education.
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  • To tap into the talent, energy and idealism of diverse young adults to drive social change in education and develop the standout experience, leadership skills and networks to launch any career
  • What we do: Diverse young adults give a year full-time in schools to support the pupils who need help most. They inspire, mentor and tutor children of all ages to overcome social, emotional and academic barriers to learning and, by realising pupils’ potential, realise their own. Often volunteering in their own communities, our coaches gain real world experience, leadership skills and new networks that will set them up for any career.

    Why it works: We believe that where you start in life shouldn’t determine your future and every young person should have the chance to succeed. We offer a unique solution to tackling educational inequality by partnering with teachers and schools to contribute to joyful, responsive and welcoming learning environments where all pupils can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning. As ‘near peer’ role models and tutors, our volunteer mentors complement the work of teachers and become an integral and flexible part of everyday school life.

    What makes our young people extraordinary is their ambition to improve the lives of children, a willingness to stand up as a role model, the desire to keep learning themselves and the determination and resilience to see the year through.

    We are currently partnering with 24 schools across London, West Midlands (including Coventry and the Black Country) and Greater Manchester, where we placed 150 trained young adults. By 2025, our ambition is to have 300 young adults volunteering in 50 schools.

    Since 2009, City Year UK has trained and supported over 1,500 young adults to coach and mentor over 15,000 pupils in need of extra help and contributed to a positive school culture for over 100,000 children.

    Over 90% of our volunteers move into higher education, employment or training within three months of completing their City Year.

    Our culture

    City Year takes pride in having a very distinct culture, sense of purpose and a strong identity.

    It influences the way we communicate with each other, our behaviour and attitudes towards people and the way we run the organisation.

    At the centre of City Year’s idealistic culture is an ever-growing collection of stories and quotations from many cultures and sources. They represent the civic values that guide City Year, set the organisation on course, and remind us of the most fundamental motivations for our work.


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    "As a full-time volunteer mentor, I was required to support year 11 students within classrooms Mon-Thurs and on a 1-1 group basis. I also carried out break duty at break time whilst running year 11 study club at lunch and after school. As a year 11 mentor,..." Read full review


    "Before school, break, lunch and after-school duty greeting the children and getting to know them. 1-1 mentoring with a designated list of pupils delivering academic and emotional support. Supporting the teacher in English and Maths lessons that your pupil..." Read full review

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    Opportunities offered:

    • Placement Year (10 Months+)

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