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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

72%
of focus list pupils

Pupils at particular risk of not meeting their potential because of poor attendance were more punctual

51%
of focus list pupils

Despite academic barriers, pupils made progress in maths and English

83%
of teachers

A primary school staff survey found that City Year helped pupils enjoy school more

95%
of volunteers

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."

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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

85%
of volunteer mentors

Confident meeting new people (up 13%)

91%
of volunteer mentors

Confident about getting things done (up 11%)

76%
of volunteer mentors

Confident dealing with conflict (up 20%)

77%
of volunteer mentors

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."

Volunteer mentor City Year UK

Our alumni and social change

Findings from an independent survey of City Year UK alumni

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In jobs in their community

Almost three quarters of alumni surveyed worked in non-private organisations with charities, schools and local government ranking highly.

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Leading change locally

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.

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Levelling the playing field

The experience was found to create similar outcomes for young people from all backgrounds - which isn't the case for society as a whole.

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