“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
City Year founded by Harvard Law School roommates, Michael Brown and Alan Khazei
1992: Inspired by City Year, President Clinton creates AmeriCorps, a grants programme for US service organisations.
City Year grows to reach 20 US cities.
Nelson Mandela invites City Year to Johannesburg, leading to the first international affiliate being created in South Africa.
The Private Equity Foundation leads work to bring City Year to the UK.
President Obama radically expands Americorps and publically backs City Year by wearing the Red Jacket.
City Year pilot begins in London, starting with seven trailblazing young volunteers, known as corps members.
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.
City Year begins its third year of service in London with 112 corps members serving across 12 primary and secondary schools.
City Year UK arrives in Birmingham, recruiting 150 corps members to reach 10,000 children in schools in deprived areas.
City Year pilots its model in Greater Manchester.
City Year UK officially launches in Greater Manchester with schools in Salford, Trafford and Manchester.