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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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Our Impact
A leadership journey
December 10, 2020

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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Volunteer Mentors
Brandon’s story

Brandon, 21, joined City Year UK for his university placement.  Find out how a year of volunteering helped him. “At…

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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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Volunteer Mentors
Transitioning to working from home at City Year UK
December 1, 2020

A list of things that have helped in staying sane along with things that have helped to make working, or…

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Volunteer Mentors
“One of the hardest but best things I’ve done in my life”

Not only did I change the lives of students during this academic year, but the children unknowingly have changed mine.

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Books by black authors, as recommended by Team Legends, London
Volunteer Mentors
Black Authors: 11 Great Reads

Books by Black authors, as recommended by Team Legends in London.

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Volunteer Mentors
CYFC: One Year On
November 5, 2020

The story of how the City Year Football Club came to exist.

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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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Volunteer Mentors
“My pupils are reaching up to their potential”
June 10, 2020

A volunteer mentor discusses how City Year has improved her leadership and communication skills.

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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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Volunteer Mentors
“I am capable of so much more than I thought”

By taking advantage of numerous opportunities available at CYUK for free, including working with a corporate mentor and completing level…

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Social Action
Pride in schools: Making education LGBTQ+ inclusive
June 1, 2020

As a Queer volunteer mentor for City Year, I’m here to tell you all about my experience as a mentor,…

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