The City Year UK experience
Our volunteer mentors are at the heart of City Year UK. Throughout the academic year, they spend four days a week helping pupils succeed in school, while the fifth is dedicated to their own personal and professional development.
Whether they’re in a primary or secondary school, our volunteer mentors sit alongside pupils who are struggling. They help develop key skills - emotional, social and academic - but City Year's not just about being in a classroom. Our volunteers welcome pupils at the gate, are extra 'eyes and ears' in the playground and run extra-curricular clubs.
Volunteer mentors face challenges together, as a team, supported and coached by their ‘go to’ City Year UK staff member or 'impact officer'. As one of our alums explains: “My impact officer taught me to trust myself and encouraged me to make a real difference. My teammates taught me to take credit for my strengths and to recognise my potential. I’m truly grateful for their support.”
“You’re a role-model, mentor, listener, provider, supporter, leader, teacher, rejoicer, and motivator… all in one!”
A day for our volunteer mentors
One day a week, throughout the academic year, is dedicated to supporting and coaching our volunteer mentors, both for their role in school and their future career. We want them to leave with real world experience and leadership skills, developed in a professional work environment.
Leadership is core to City Year UK, but we aren’t necessarily talking about being at the forefront or being a CEO. We see it as the ability to motivate others and lead by example, recognise a problem and be the solution and understand who you are and how you can make a difference.
Full-time youth social action
We believe that it's through programmes like City Year, that we can empower a new generation of social leaders with the skills they need to take action on the issues they care about. Find out about how we are pioneering full-time social action (FTSA) in the UK.