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.