City Year challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time volunteering as mentors in schools. The City Year experience empowers them to grow their skills and realise their aspirations, both through their impact on children’s lives and through completing our leadership development programme.
For our customer schools, a City Year team provides extra resources, all day Monday to Thursday, throughout the school year. This injection of additional people is a value-for-money solution for schools wanting to provide more support for their pupils. The volunteer mentors provide: Coaching for targeted pupils, to improve attendance, behaviour and curriculum progress. Support for the whole school, with enrichment activities before, during and after school that inspire pupils to have high aspirations and standards. A pipeline of potential staff for future teacher training, teaching assistant or other support staff roles, with no recruitment fees.
Independent evaluation of our impact shows that the pupils we support make more progress than other pupils. Last year, with support from our volunteers: 5 out of 10 pupils showed improved attendance; 1 in 3 pupils showed an improvement in behaviour; and More than 6 out of 10 progressed in English and maths.