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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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Aaron Grant-Booker, City Year London, 2014-15
May 29, 2017

Before I started my year, I spoke so much about making a difference, but it is only once you get…

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Paul Elliott, City Year London, 2014-15
May 15, 2017

My City Year was not only transitional but also transformational, for reasons I could never have imagined. Thanks to the…

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Thamasha Perara, City Year London, 2011-12
May 2, 2017

I could not have imagined a better way to spend my gap year!

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Kingsley Boateng, City Year London, 2014-15
March 29, 2017

To my pleasant surprise, my City Year helped me press forward with my own career ambitions. A number of development…

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Emily Franklin, City Year Birmingham, 2011-12

I think the biggest skill I cultivated whilst at City Year was that of resilience. It’s a tough experience but…

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Imram Elahi, City Year Birmingham, 2013-14

It developed my confidence and independence and I have learnt that so much can be achieved in life with hard…

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Amara Lawrence, City Year Birmingham, 2013-14
December 7, 2016

I was keen to use my gap year productively and figure out what I wanted to study. I believe City…

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Jacob Cain, City Year London, 2011-12
November 25, 2016

City Year taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of. Most importantly, it showed me that…

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Nick Vaughan, City Year Birmingham, 2014-15
October 31, 2016

City Year changes you as a person; your self-confidence, maturity and general approach to life.  At times I’ve felt very…

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Fiza Sheikh, City Year Greater Manchester, 2014-15
October 21, 2016

City Year is allowing me to make a real difference to children’s education while giving me valuable experience for my…

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Steven Hodgetts, City Year Birmingham, 2014-15
August 24, 2016

City Year is a family and I felt very comfortable with my team. I used the Friday training sessions and…

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Aishat Omodayo, City Year London, 2014-15
August 17, 2016

My favourite thing about being a corps member is the fact that I assist in bridging the gap in student-teacher…

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