Our history

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OUR HISTORY

“There is nothing more important than developing the skills and improving the employability of young adults in London. I am therefore delighted that we are supporting this outstanding volunteer programme.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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1988

City Year founded by Harvard Law School roommates, Michael Brown and Alan Khazei

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1992

1992: Inspired by City Year, President Clinton creates AmeriCorps, a grants programme for US service organisations.

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1994-09

City Year grows to reach 20 US cities.

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2005

Nelson Mandela invites City Year to Johannesburg, leading to the first international affiliate being created in South Africa.

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2007

The Private Equity Foundation leads work to bring City Year to the UK.

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2009

President Obama radically expands Americorps and publically backs City Year by wearing the Red Jacket.

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2010

City Year pilot begins in London, starting with seven trailblazing young volunteers, known as corps members.

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2010-12

60 corps members start the 2010-11 school year in six primary schools, and a launch is held at City Hall, hosted by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

81 corps members serve in nine schools during the 2011-12 academic year.

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2012-13

City Year begins its third year of service in London with 112 corps members serving across 12 primary and secondary schools.

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2013-14

City Year UK arrives in Birmingham, recruiting 150 corps members to reach 10,000 children in schools in deprived areas.

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2014-15

City Year pilots its model in Greater Manchester.

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2015-16

City Year UK officially launches in Greater Manchester with schools in Salford, Trafford and Manchester.

2016-17

City Year UK worked with MPs like Rob Wilson to champion and grow full time volunteering in the U.K., securing a Full Time Social Action Review.

2017-18

The Independent Review into Youth Full-Time Social Action chaired by Steve Holliday was published, and City Year UK subsequently brought together 18 organizations to urge the Prime Minister to take up the recommendations made including establishing a pilot scheme.

2018-19

City Year UK relaunched its Service Days to give back to the local communities where we serve, creating a sustainable sensory garden, painting murals and beautifying school spaces.

2019-20

City Year UK celebrates its 10th Anniversary by rolling out a refreshed five year growth strategy, and expanding into four schools in Coventry.