Focused on a double benefit
Pupils are more engaged and perform better when they feel connected to at least one adult at school. That is our role and goal - to build a rapport with pupils that enables them to thrive. That rapport is also key to our double benefit - a year dedicated to discovering pupils' strengths, reveals our volunteers' own.
Our impact on schools
Pupils at particular risk of not meeting their potential because of poor attendance were more punctual
Despite academic barriers, pupils made progress in maths and English
A primary school staff survey found that City Year helped pupils enjoy school more
Our volunteer mentors are confident in their coaching and mentoring role
“Before City Year I spoke so much about making a difference, but it is only once you get started that you realise just what making a difference means. It could be as small as helping a child get better at getting to school, or as big as helping them achieve the grades they never thought they would."
Our impact on pupils who need help most
Learn about how our teams of volunteer mentors make a difference in partnership with schools.
Our impact on our volunteers
Over the course of the year, volunteer mentors benefit from over 300 hours of training - building skills they'll need in school, but also for their future careers. 9 out of 10 are in work or further education within 3 months of finishing and, as well as getting that all important foot on the job ladder, they show a continued commitment to social change.
The difference a City Year makes - from beginning to end
Confident meeting new people (up 13%)
Confident about getting things done (up 11%)
Confident dealing with conflict (up 20%)
Confident leading a team (up 19%)
"City Year changes you as a person; your self confidence, maturity and general approach to life. At times I have felt very sorry for myself but now I feel positive."
Our alumni and social change
Findings from an independent survey of City Year UK alumni
Almost three quarters of alumni surveyed worked in non-private organisations with charities, schools and local government ranking highly.
More than three quarters of alumni surveyed reported that City Year UK had enhanced their skills and knowledge for being able to lead change in their community.
The experience was found to create similar outcomes for young people from all backgrounds - which isn't the case for society as a whole.
Our annual reports
To read more about our impact on both tackling educational inequality and giving young people the skills they need to lead and succeed have a look at our annual reports.Annual Reports