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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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photo of Zipporah Kissi at opening event
Our Impact
Young people are the future
April 22, 2021

“Young people are the future. I believe that without their contribution there is no hope.  We need to empower them…

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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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Our Impact
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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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 Impact
A leadership journey

They said, “If you think you’re a leader, please stand up.” Now, many arose but to my seat I was…

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Education
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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Our Impact
My Giving Story
November 26, 2020

CYUK volunteer mentor shares her giving story

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Our Impact
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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Our Impact
What does the City Year UK experience mean to me and how did it change my life?
June 14, 2020

A volunteer mentor talks about the life changing experinece of serving with City Year UK.

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Groups of volunteer mentors in circles
Volunteer Mentors
“Determination and Dedication”
June 9, 2020

My City Year UK experience is one I’ll never forget and is one that I would probably do all over…

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