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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 offered me the chance to grow, both personally and professionally.”
May 24, 2023

Hope volunteered with City Year in Greater Manchester, 2021-22. She shares her personal development journey from her university placement year…

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“He absolutely worships his City Year Mentor and is always singing their praises”

Team Starfish in Greater Manchester served at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, 2022-23.  “When I first met MW he was unengaged….

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Our Impact
Integrated learning in practice
January 10, 2023

Back to Impact report 2021-2022 Emma, a City Year Mentor in Greater Manchester, charts the extraordinary progress made by one…

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City Year Mentors
Mariyah’s story

Back to Impact report 2021-2022 Problem child Argumentative She talks too much Gifted and talented Nothing bothers her You should…

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“I never imagined City Year would give me something to be passionate about”
December 16, 2021

Back to Impact report 2019-2021 Eloise, a City Year Mentor in Manchester, 2020-21, shares her story “I joined City Year…

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City Year Mentors
My City Year Journey
April 22, 2021

“My journey with City Year has been amazing since day one. The world started to go downhill with COVID and…

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Our Impact
Meet Dean Thomas-Lowde, City Year Greater Manchester & The Black Country programme manager

For the past 20 years, Dean has worked as a Senior Leader in Education, Consultant and Director in some very…

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More children than ever before in Manchester need our support

“Manchester is the main financial and business hub in Northern England and one of the fastest growing cities in the…

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City Year UK alumna Saajidah
Our Impact
Saajidah Begum, City Year Greater Manchester, 2016-17
December 10, 2020

Saajidah  volunteered in Greater Manchester in 2016, following her A Levels. Through City Year she found her passion for working…

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Nicole’s story

Nicole, 24, joined City Year UK after completing her master’s degree.  She shares her typical day. “My team was based…

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My Giving Story
November 26, 2020

CYUK volunteer mentor shares her giving story

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Anti-Bullying Week at City Year
November 20, 2020

After a week of workshops and reflections, members of Team Lighthouse and Team Joy have created this special piece on…

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