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Our stories

Stories are woven into the fabric of our organisation and we hope that anyone who is involved with us will go away with their own City Year story to tell - of how young people are changing Britain for the better. Please share them. We hope they will inspire many more.

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City Year Mentors
Mentor spotlight – Noah
January 26, 2024

🌟 Mentor Spotlight – 2023/24 cohort Want to know more about the City Year experience? Read Noah’s story below to gain…

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Our Impact
“I have not just changed my students, but this experience has changed me for the better.”
August 11, 2023

Mutsa Ashley Nyamhunga is a City Year Mentor, serving on Team Ubuntu in the West Midlands, 2022-23  Before joining City…

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Our Impact
“I joined City Year with minimal confidence in my ability and I am now leaving feeling empowered.”

Simran is a City Year Mentor serving on Team Joy, in the West Midlands, 2022-2023.   I joined City Year as…

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City Year Mentors
New Beginnings: 2021’s Basic Training Academy & Red Jacket Ceremony
September 30, 2021

Last month, our brand new City Year Mentors took the first steps of their amazing City Year journey, during the…

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City Year Mentors
A poem of appreciation
April 22, 2021

You’re all giving one year, To work with students as a near peer. Doing it all as a volunteer. So…

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Our Impact
“My Bridge Builder has helped me think about options I have not considered before”

Amanpreet Bhogal, City Year Mentor, West Midlands, 2019-20 When I first heard about the Bridge Builder scheme of corporate mentors…

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City Year Mentors
“City Year pushes you to become the best possible version of yourself”

I had previously spoken to the City Year team in June 2019 at a recruitment fair at Nottingham Trent University….

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Our Impact
Meet Sharon Webley, City Year West Midlands programme manager

Sharon has had a long career in education working with children and  young people to attain and achieve. She is…

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Our Impact
“I see my role as supporting a volunteer mentor to build their capacity for leadership” – A corporate mentor or ‘Bridge Builder’s’ view

Ashley Barratt volunteers as a ‘Bridge Builder’, offering ongoing careers advice and support to Volunteer Mentors at City Year West…

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Our Alumni
Beth Crossfield, City Year West Midlands, 2013-14
December 10, 2020

Beth was one of the first volunteers to serve in the West Midlands in 2013 and ended up staying on…

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Our Impact
Inspiration in Troubled Times
May 27, 2020

Time and perspective will turn those experiences into a valued asset as you take on the difficult paths ahead.

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City Year Mentors
Meet our volunteer mentor: George Jones
May 26, 2020

Read an interview with volunteer mentor, George Jones, on his journey with City Year UK.

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