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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 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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City Year UK alumna Beth Crossfield
Our Alumni
Beth Crossfield, City Year West Midlands, 2013-14

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
Rodney Williams, City Year London 2010-11

A team leader of one of the first City Year UK teams in London, Rodney went on to a career…

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Our Alumni
Jamie Regan, City Year Greater Manchester, 2015-16
December 14, 2017

The unique opportunities that City Year UK provided me with continue to set apart my life and career to this…

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Our Alumni
Usaama Kaweesa, City Year London, 2013-14
November 9, 2017

With these invaluable leadership skills and the experience I gained during my two years at City Year UK, I felt…

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Our Alumni
Raisa Richardson, City Year London, 2012-13
September 20, 2017

Looking back, the year was also a bridge between university and work, paving the way for new opportunities.

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Our Alumni
Hassain Choudhury, City Year London, 2010-11
September 1, 2017

City Year is about believing in something bigger than yourself, embracing diversity in your community and pushing yourself out of…

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Our Alumni
Gerald Palmer, City Year London, 2014-15
July 18, 2017

City Year was a great experience for me. All the opportunities I’ve had through them – to lead workshops, to…

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Our Alumni
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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Our Alumni
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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Our Alumni
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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Our Alumni
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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