City Year UK is built on partnerships; with schools, donors, supporters and universities. Their engagement is critical to our impact.
Our volunteers serve for a year but we build partnerships that span many years so that children ‘grow up’ with City Year. Shared networks lead to innovative collaborations – with pupils gaining access to outstanding opportunities and volunteers benefitting from standout careers advice. Our partners also work with us to build our organisation, giving pro bono expertise across departments.
Individual donors get involved through events, like our annual gala dinner, or sharing their expertise with our volunteer mentors. Our Red Jacket Society is a community of philanthropic individuals and families who also act as our ambassadors, while our Seven Generations Development Board brings together cross-sector leaders to advocate and fundraise for City Year UK.
We have a role to play in any school across London, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester that draws a large proportion of its pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. Whether it’s striving to turn around progress and results, currently good but aiming for great, or already outstanding and looking to stay there, we can be a powerful part of a school’s improvement strategy.
“When I grow up I want to be part of City Year so I can help children and help them with their work.”