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City Year UK corps member represents voice of young Londoners at St Paul’s Memorial Service

On 7th July our thoughts went out to all those affected by the London bombings in 2005. We were very proud of corps member Aaron Grant-Booker who represented the voice of young Londoners at the special memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Aaron spoke about London as “an international cross roads of diversity and ingenuity, tolerance and respect, challenge and opportunity.” He continued “When four bombs exploded on 7 July 2005, lives were destroyed and the flame of hope faltered for what seemed like an eternal moment. For many people, nothing was the same again and yet everything was the … Read more ›

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch visit City Year UK in school they sponsor

Serina Ramkhelawon, Foreign Exchange Sales Product specialist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch went back to school to see the City Year London team – that is sponsored by her firm – in action. Here’s what she had to say about her experience at William Ellis School in Highgate:

“I had the opportunity to speak to some of the young people City Year supports – they clearly value the presence of the volunteers, finding them very approachable and people to whom they can turn when they’re perhaps slightly overwhelmed by school-work. ‘If I don’t understand a subject in the classroom, Miss … Read more ›

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Watch our new film celebrating five years of impact

We’ve produced a short film celebrating the last five years of City Year in the UK. Watch it here.… Read more ›

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President Bill Clinton visits City Year UK at partner school

City Year UK was honoured to host a special visit from former President Bill Clinton yesterday, as part of our fifth anniversary year celebrations. The event, which took place at one of our partner schools, Haggerston School in Hackney, east London, brought together 100 of our inspirational young volunteers from across the capital, Birmingham and our new start up team in Manchester.

President Clinton met with a small group of the volunteers (known as corps members) to hear about their ‘City Year’ experience, before addressing a wider audience of business and education leaders and City Year UK alumni. He praised … Read more ›

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch offer their expertise at an interview skills afternoon for corps members

Over 50 professionals from City Year UK’s corporate and other supporters recently joined its 120 London volunteers (known as corps members) to offer one-to-one interview practice. The session concentrated on exploring different ways the corps members can communicate their City Year experience to appeal to employers.

Geoff Mizen, Global Transaction Services and Megan Pearson, Corporate Communications at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) told us about their experience:

“BofAML’s Global Transaction Services (GTS) EMEA team support City Year UK as its ‘selected charity’ and as part of this, regularly participate in training and development sessions with its young volunteers.

“Eight … Read more ›

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City Year UK praised in new Ofsted inspection

A recent Outstanding Ofsted report on Lozells Junior and Infant School in Birmingham has said:

“The ‘City Year’ volunteers make a positive contribution to the welfare of the pupils. The pupils told inspectors how much they value their support. They said that they are easy to talk to and encourage them to do well.”

Read the full report here.… Read more ›

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Judy Murray demonstrates tennis skills at partner school in Birmingham

Corps members Avneet Bhambra and Shaheen Ratansi were excited to meet tennis coach Judy Murray when she visited one of our partner schools, Broadway Academy in Perry Barr, Bimringham.

She was at the school to promote the launch of the Tennis Foundation’s ‘Tennis in Education’ strategy and hold a tennis master class. The students practiced different techniques as demonstrated by Judy, using tennis rackets, nets and balls donated by the Tennis Foundation.

After the masterclass Avneet and Shaheen got a chance to meet the tennis coach and mother of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and talk to her about the City … Read more ›

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City Year UK and National Grid mark five years of supporting young people in London

We were delighted to welcome special guest, Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier, to an event at Whitmore Primary School in March to celebrate our five year partnership with National Grid. The company has supported us since we started in 2010 and Whitmore was also one of our first five pilot schools.

Meg Hillier said: “It’s great to see City Year UK thriving in Hackney. Pupils really benefit from these additional role models in the classroom and I congratulate National Grid on their sustained commitment to Hackney and Whitmore primary school.”

Also attending the celebration was National Grid’s Head … Read more ›

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Kids enjoy whizz bang experiments at Science festival organised by City Year UK and National Grid

On Friday 6 March, over 200 children from schools across Hackney convened for the fourth annual National Grid Science Festival which celebrated the joys science and engineering.

Attractions included ‘whizz-bang workshops’ run by science education provider Mad Science and City Year volunteers. The workshops provide pupils with an opportunity to get hands on with a variety of science-themed activities. This year, a particular favourite was the ‘smoothie cycle’, where the children cycled on a bike which powered a blender.

The National Grid Science Festival has been designed to inspire children’s love of science and engineering. The festival is part of … Read more ›

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City Year UK wins DfE Character Award

City Year UK is delighted to have been recognised as a leader in character education by winning a Department for Education Character Award. Our ‘50 acts of greatness ‘club is one example of an initiative we run which is focused on helping pupils with behavioural problems develop relationship skills and social-emotional awareness.

Winners of the Character Awards were chosen by a panel of experts and included 21 schools and six charities, all of which were recognised for work promoting resilience and determination in young people. Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Teaching character not only benefits children at school – it … Read more ›

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