25 young people have already signed up, starting their ‘year of service’ in four primary and secondary schools with a high proportion of pupils from low income backgrounds.
Sir Howard Bernstein, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, praised the example and inspiration of corps members and called for businesses to get alongside them and the programme.
Nicola Doward, Headteacher at launch partner, Stretford High School, said: “Since we were joined by our team of City Year volunteers we have all been infected by their enthusiasm and ‘can do’ attitude.”
Corps member Rezia says:
“I joined City Year because I wanted to do something for students struggling at school. When I was a student I had some behavioural issues which left me isolated from teachers who labelled me a time waster and problem child. I felt like everyone was against me but there were some teachers who believed in me and gave me a second chance. They made me the person I am now. I believe that through City Year, I can be that support for students in a similar situation and show them they are not alone.”
Patrick Flaherty, Chairman of the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation, City Year UK’s Pioneer Growth Partner said:
“We’re proud to not only have supported City Year UK since its launch back in 2010, but to now be providing cornerstone backing for its ongoing expansion across the UK. Greater Manchester is an important milestone, as it creates new opportunities for both pupils and young people across the North West. We look forward to seeing it tap into the enormous potential of the region’s next generation, raising aspirations and attainment and building a new pathway to employment.