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City Year UK and National Grid team up for Service Action Day at Blue Coat School

National Grid joined forces with the youth social action charity City Year UK to transform Blue Coat School’s Special Needs Hub on the 4th of October.

City Year UK’s Opening Day

City Year UK kicked off its 10th Anniversary celebrations on Friday the 13th of September with Opening Day. We brought together all our volunteer mentors from London, Greater Manchester and

City Year UK’s Volunteers Week Blog

Our extraordinary volunteers are at the heart of City Year UK’s mission of transforming the educational outcomes of disadvantaged pupils. We currently have 126 volunteer mentors, aged 18-25, committing to a year

MP calls for Government action on full-time social action in Commons debate

Yesterday Conservative MP Ben Bradley called on the Government to establish a youth full-time social action pilot in his constituency of Manfield in order to assess the impact of such

Top tips from top business leaders at 6th annual Career Builder

Career Builder 2019 brought City Year UK volunteer mentors together with top business leaders and rising stars to hear them respond to the question: “What advice would you give your

City Year UK Chief Executive Kevin Munday named one of the UK’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs

The BE Group has named City Year UK’s Chief Executive Kevin Munday one of 39 of the UK’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs.

City Year UK Holds Service Day to Give Back to the Local Community

City Year UK brought together volunteer mentors, staff, alumni and supporters for a Service Day on Saturday the 2nd of March.

Applications are open for the City Year UK leadership development programme

We’re recruiting the next cohort of passionate and resilient 18 to 25*-year-olds who will give a year to tackle educational inequality across London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester.

City Year UK selected for the Youth Programme Quality Intervention pilot

The Centre for Youth Impact has chosen City Year UK to take part in a groundbreaking pilot for the Youth Programme Quality Intervention (YPQI), an initiative that helps youth programmes

City Year UK launches first Volunteer Mentor Appreciation Week

Today City Year UK has launched its first ever Volunteer Mentor Appreciation Week, which will run from Monday 25 February through to Saturday 2 March.

City Year UK celebrates university partnerships during Student Volunteering Week

Student Volunteering Week is the perfect opportunity for City Year UK to thank its university partners

City Year UK reacts to City Year, Inc. Co-Founder stepping down

City Year in the USA has announced today that its CEO and co-founder Michael Brown is stepping down from his position in June.

City Year and Bank of America Announce Expanded Partnership

Bank of America becomes the first corporate sponsor to invest in City Year teams in the US, UK and South Africa.

City Year UK announce two new recruits to its leadership team

City Year UK has announced two new additions to its leadership team. Simon Hepburn has been appointed to the role of Director of Programmes and is joined by Rodney Williams

City Year UK Deputy Chief Executive awarded ACEVO Fellowship

The charity leaders’ network ACEVO has named City Year UK Deputy Chief Executive Arti Sharma as one of the five people to receive its prestigious Fellowship.

City Year UK at Party Conference

City Year’s Public Affairs team brought two volunteer mentors to the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences to tell politicians about the importance and value of youth social action. Here’s how

City Year UK appoints new Chief Executive

Kevin Munday has this week been unveiled as the new Chief Executive of youth social action charity City Year UK. Kevin, who will start work with City Year UK from

Heidrick & Struggles and City Year UK Bring Together Top Business Leaders to Inspire the Next Generation

Some of UK’s top leaders from business, government and public life gathered on April 10 and 11 in central London to share advice they would give to their 18 year-old

Third Sector’s Fundraiser of the Week: Caley Eldred of City Year UK

Our Director of Development Caley Eldred talks reputation, regulation and superpowers.

#PressforProgress | International Women’s Day

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day was Press for Progress, highlighting the need for a continued push to achieve gender parity across the globe. At City Year UK we

Independent review into youth full-time social action publishes recommendations

City Year UK leads call for ‘decisive action’ The independent review into youth full time social action published its findings and recommendations today.

Deputy Mayor visits Barking Abbey School with City Year UK

Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, spent the morning at Barking Abbey School with our team of volunteers who serve as mentors and role

David Blunkett calls for national Government programme of full-time volunteering

Call follows a report showing full-time volunteering would net the UK economy up to £119m The Rt. Hon The Lord David Blunkett is leading calls for Theresa May to invest

City Year UK at the Charity Times Awards 2017

City Year UK was shortlisted in two categories at last night’s Charity Times Awards, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.

Aramark employees in London join forces with City Year UK to share nutrition knowledge, inspire families to lead healthy lifestyles

On September 20th 2017, 34 Aramark team members volunteered to support Shoreditch Park Primary School, on Aramark Building Community Day (ABC Day), the company’s global day of service, bringing health

[BLOG] How has City Year UK supported my development?: Shayna Mehta

City Year UK aims to support and encourage pupils from disadvantaged communities to succeed in school. However, not only do they help the children, they also guide us volunteer mentors.

How Independent School Alumni Continue “Giving Back”, Even Long After Leaving Education

Pressure has been mounting on independent schools over the last few years to support the state sector more, and partnerships between the two are at a high. Many fee-paying schools

Putting the spark into mentoring: Bridge Builder Award 2017

City Year UK’s ‘Bridge Builder Award’ recognises supporters who have offered their spare time to mentor the charity’s young volunteers, helping to prepare them for the next step—whether that is

[BLOG] MP support for full-time social action grows: Leo Watson

Parliament has been back in (almost) full swing since June’s General Election. Yes, there may be less business to get through owing to the fact the Conservative party is operating

Pupils build the change one LEGO® piece at a time

Five London Primary partner schools came together this month to celebrate the culmination of their ‘Build the Change’ projects at the London LEGO®  hub.

Yardley MP goes back to school

Jess Phillips MP visited Yardley Primary School on Monday 19 June to see how City Year UK’s full-time volunteers help tackle educational inequality in her constituency.

[BLOG] Team Lighthouse Volunteers’ Week Round-up: Girvin Gill

Volunteers’ week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution of millions of volunteers throughout the UK. It is run by the

State Street brings pupils together for transatlantic video call

Thanks to State Street, which supports City Year in the US and UK, we were able to bring pupils from London and Boston together in a virtual video conference last

City Year UK is joining over 700 organisations saying #iwill for young people in National Volunteer’s Week

7th June 2017 – Young people across the UK as young as 10 are doing inspirational things in their communities every day to help others, through social action activities such as

[BLOG] Six things I have learnt from being a full-time volunteer with City Year UK: Alison Lydon

It’s Volunteers’ Week, what better way to celebrate my time at City Year UK then to share six things I have learnt as a full-time volunteer! So here goes…

[BLOG] Why I Serve: Josh Wood

In November of last year I was fortunate enough to be introduced to two City Year UK Alumni who had changed their lives for the better through City Year UK.

Young Manchester volunteer joins the Royal Household

A full­-time volunteer from Hyde, Greater Manchester, has been awarded a coveted work placement at Buckingham Palace during the Easter holidays.

City Year UK announces new chair of trustees

City Year UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Clarke, former CEO of the Man Group and a long standing supporter of educational and philanthropic initiatives, as its

State Street and City Year UK inspire next generation of female leaders

On 10th March, 50 young women who are dedicating this year to tackling educational inequality with us at City Year UK, swapped the classroom for Canary Wharf to take part

Volunteers attend Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey

On Monday 13th March, 10 City Year UK volunteers attended the 2017 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.

Government announces Chair of the Full-time social action review

The Department of Culture Media and Sport has announced that the Chair of the Government’s review into full-time social action will be Steve Holliday, former CEO of National Grid.

Mayor of Greater Manchester candidate calls for year of service

Helping young people get ready to start work and achieve their goals is a key priority for Sean Anstee, a City Year UK supporter who is running to become the

City Year UK Chief Executive listed in Debrett’s 500 most influential

Sophie Livingstone, City Year UK’s Chief Executive, has been listed in the Debrett’s 500 list for Philanthropists & Activists. The Debrett’s 500 is a recognition and celebration of Britain’s 500 most

Broadcasting legend goes back to the classroom

Veteran journalist Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, and a Trustee of leading City Year UK supporter The Queen’s Trust, visited Sebright Primary School in Hackney on Tuesday 17th January.

It’s time for us to rediscover our national character

Sophie Livingstone, City Year UK’s Chief Executive, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Generation Change, and a Trustee at Royal Voluntary Service, writes for Clore Social Leadership.

Volunteers benefit from Heidrick & Struggles annual career builder event

For the fourth consecutive year, Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of executive search, leadership consulting and culture shaping worldwide, invited City Year UK volunteers to attend its annual Career

Four years and going strong: Bank of America Merrill Lynch continues their support of the Pride team at William Ellis school

On Friday 2nd December Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) hosted a networking event at their London office to officially welcome City Year’s ‘Pride BofAML team’ at William Ellis Secondary School in

Government announces review into full-time volunteering

Today the Government announced it will launch an independent review into full-time volunteering. The Full Time Social Action Review will consider how to grow full-time volunteering in the UK.

City Year UK receives royal recognition

We’re thrilled to announce that the Queen’s Trust has donated £1 million to City Year UK. This funding, our  largest one-year gift, recognises the impact, achievements and dedication of the

City Year UK Chief Executive wins Mayor’s Fund for London Award for individual achievement

Sophie Livingstone, City Year UK’s chief executive, was given the Mayor’s Fund for London Award for individual achievement last night at City Hall.

Secretary of State for Education visits Birmingham School

The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, visited St Francis’ Catholic Primary school in Birmingham today to witness the school’s partnership with City Year UK.

Minister drops in on City Year UK volunteers at Hackney school

The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, spent today at Sebright Primary School in London.

City Year UK makes two new appointments to Board of Trustees

City Year UK has appointed two new members to its Board of Trustees. Bringing the total to 15 Trustees, The Rt Hon. Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Janet Royall and David

Camden’s William Ellis School Takes Part in Global ‘Healthy Eating’ Volunteer Day

Today, over 100 pupils from William Ellis School in Camden took part in a worldwide initiative designed to inspire and educate children about healthy lifestyles.

National Grid and City Year UK hold festival to inspire children’s love of science

On Friday 15th July, over 30 pupils from Seven Sisters Primary School in London, took part in our annual National Grid Science Festival

Bridge builders nominated for special award

Each year our volunteers are matched with a mentor – or bridge builder – from one of our partner organisations. Our bridge builder programme gives volunteers the chance to interact

Pupils get painting down to a fine art with the National Gallery

This year, City Year UK’s Pioneer Growth Partner, Credit Suisse, introduced us to an exceptional new opportunity for partner secondary schools in London and Birmingham:

City Year UK awarded a grant from The Old Trafford and Stretford Voluntary Sector Grants Scheme

We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from The Old Trafford and Stretford Voluntary Sector Grants Scheme, which allocates and donates £20,000 every year to local charities working

City Year volunteer ‘most watched’ on the BBC

City Year Greater Manchester volunteer Connon Hannon, 20, gave the BBC a window into his family’s discussions on Brexit. Watch the video here. Here he talks about his City Year experience

Annual City Year Football Championship brings pupils together

City Year UK volunteers recently organised our annual City Year Football Championships in London and Birmingham

We are not so different after all

A very special thanks to TowerBrook Capital Partners in London and New York City who hosted a global video ‘hang-out’ for pupils from Sebright Primary School (Hackney) and Patrick Henry

Chief Executive Sophie Livingstone on the need to be bold on National Citizen Service legislation

“In the Queen’s speech today, the government set out its intention to bring forward legislation on the National Citizen Service (NCS), putting the scheme on “a permanent statutory footing”, as

Volunteers and pupils celebrate diversity at International evening

City Year UK volunteers recently organised an ‘international evening’ where around 60 pupils came together to celebrate different heritages and demonstrate unity through diversity

Shadow Minister for Employment visits partner school in Camden

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Minister for Employment, today visited William Ellis School in Camden to hear how young people are giving a year of service to support pupils as mentors,

House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility publishes report on improving the transition from school to work for young people

The House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility has published a report entitled ‘Overlooked and left behind: improving the transition from school to work for the majority of young

City Year’s Got Talent showcases pupils from all three cities

Pupils from our partner schools in London, Birmingham and Greater Manchester, recently took to the stage to perform in the annual City Year’s Got Talent grand final, held across all

Chief Executive Sophie Livingstone on the need to put gender on the agenda

“Last year, the World Economic Forum estimated that a slowdown in the already ‘glacial pace of progress’ means we’re not going to achieve global gender parity until 2133 to wait

City Year UK’s red jackets are fit for HM The Queen

Yesterday, 3rd March, City Year UK was honoured to be one of the charities introduced to The Queen at a special visit to Lister Community School in east London. The event was

US delegation highlights how voluntary ‘years of service’ could serve the UK

On 23rd February, Lord Blunkett hosted an event at the House of Lords to explore how the UK could replicate countries such as the US, Germany and France by creating

City Year UK sets up healthy cooking club in Birmingham school

City Year UK volunteers at Marlborough Junior School in Birmingham have started up a healthy cooking club.

Credit Suisse brings pupils together for a transatlantic ‘hangout’

Thanks to Credit Suisse, which supports City Year in the US and UK, we were able to bring pupils from London and New York together in a virtual ‘hangout’ last

Running Events 2016

The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon City Year UK is in the Fast Lane and recruiting runners for The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon on the 13th March 2016. Run for City Year UK and support young adults tackle social and educational

Mayor of Salford sees City Year in action at Summerville Primary School

  On Thursday 14th January, the City Mayor of Salford, Ian Stewart, and Councillor Jane Hamilton visited Summerville Primary School to see how City Year UK is challenging young people to

City Year UK volunteers help the homeless with Christmas party funds

Thanks to the generosity of local shops, young volunteers with City Year Greater Manchester have turned money donated by the charity’s staff from their Christmas activity fund into over £100

City Year UK supporter wins Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Volunteering Award

We were delighted to learn that Serina Ramkhelawon has won a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Volunteering Award for her work with City Year UK. Serina, who is a Liquidity Product

City Year UK responds to the Government’s comprehensive spending review

Today the Chancellor George Osborne announced the details of the comprehensive spending review to Parliament. This lays out the Government’s spending plans for the next five years.   The key issues affecting City Year UK are: National Citizen Service places will

Festival of fun: Youngsters discover the lighter side of science

On Friday 20th November, 90 seven to eleven-year-olds from two Islington primary schools enjoyed a fun festival of science and engineering organised by National Grid and City Year UK.  Running

Chief Executive Sophie Livingstone on Ofsted’s Apprenticeship Report and the need for a ‘year of service’

Did you know what you wanted to do on leaving school or university and stuck to it? No? You’re not alone. A survey from last year found that only half of

City Year UK announces Lord Blunkett as first patron at 5th birthday celebration

As part of our fifth anniversary celebrations we announced Lord Blunkett as our first honorary patron.  The former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education and Employment, who has

City Year launches in Greater Manchester

City Year Greater Manchester officially launched yesterday evening at a special event hosted by KPMG. 25 young people have already signed up, starting their ‘year of service’ in four primary

Minister joins Generation Change to celebrate youth social action

The Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson MP, this week joined City Year UK and members of Generation Change to celebrate and support the power of youth volunteering. He said:

City Year UK Spring awards evening

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Manchester Events

Teaching Futures – Routes into Teaching Event Date: Wednesday 14th October 2015 Time: 1pm – 2.30pm Location: University of Salford Insight into Charity & 3rd Sector Careers Date: Tuesday 20th

Birmingham Events

Aston University Teaching Fair Date: Wednesday 14th October 2015 Location:Aston University University of Wolverhampton Recruitment Fair Date: Wednesday 21st October 2015 Location:University of Wolverhampton Aston University Placement Fair Date: Wednesday

London Events

The London Graduate Fair Date:Tuesday 13th October 2015 Time: 11am – 6pm Location: Senate House South Block, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Career Exploration Fair 2015   Date: Friday 13th

Alumni Q&A

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City Year UK teams up with Aramark to host global ‘work readiness’ volunteer day

On Thursday 17th September, we teamed up with Aramark and two of our partner schools to host a day of activities on the theme of ‘workplace readiness’ as part of its Building

Wishing corps members a Happy New City Year!

160 talented and inspirational young people from across the country have embarked on a ‘City Year’ this week, serving for the next 11 months in 24 inner-city schools as role

President Clinton visits City Year UK in east London school to champion a ‘year of voluntary service’ for young people

City Year UK was honoured to host a special visit from former President Bill Clinton yesterday, as part of our fifth anniversary year celebrations.     > Read the article

New report from Demos calls for government support to drive social action among young people

The Government is being urged to act to drive greater social action among young people.     > Read the article

City Year UK volunteers open ‘the Oscars for responsible business’

Thanks to our longstanding partnership with National Grid, City Year corps members from London, Birmingham and Manchester, took centre stage at the Responsible Business of the Year Awards at the

City Year UK corps member represents voice of young Londoners at St Paul’s Memorial Service

On 7th July our thoughts went out to all those affected by the London bombings in 2005. We were very proud of corps member Aaron Grant-Booker who represented the voice

Bank of America Merrill Lynch visit City Year UK in school they sponsor

Serina Ramkhelawon, Foreign Exchange Sales Product specialist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch went back to school to see the City Year London team – that is sponsored by her firm

Watch our new film celebrating five years of impact

We’ve produced a short film celebrating the last five years of City Year in the UK. Watch it here.

President Bill Clinton visits City Year UK at partner school

City Year UK was honoured to host a special visit from former President Bill Clinton yesterday, as part of our fifth anniversary year celebrations. The event, which took place at

Bank of America Merrill Lynch offer their expertise at an interview skills afternoon for corps members

Over 50 professionals from City Year UK’s corporate and other supporters recently joined its 120 London volunteers (known as corps members) to offer one-to-one interview practice. The session concentrated on

Every Child Journal – Leading the way

Every Child Journal speaks to our CEO, Sophie Livingstone, who reports on the success of the City Year scheme imported from the US. Read the full article here.

City Year UK Chief Executive, Sophie Livingstone, writes to Prince Harry about national service

“Prince Harry, Thousands of Young People Are Already Serving Their Country – voluntarily”     > Read the article

City Year UK praised in new Ofsted inspection

A recent Outstanding Ofsted report on Lozells Junior and Infant School in Birmingham has said: “The ‘City Year’ volunteers make a positive contribution to the welfare of the pupils. The

Parkfield School wins a National Pupil Premium Award

Our partner school Parkfield School has won a National Pupil Premium Award.     > Read the article

Judy Murray demonstrates tennis skills at partner school in Birmingham

Corps members Avneet Bhambra and Shaheen Ratansi were excited to meet tennis coach Judy Murray when she visited one of our partner schools, Broadway Academy in Perry Barr, Bimringham. She was at

City Year UK and National Grid mark five years of supporting young people in London

We were delighted to welcome special guest, Hackney South and Shoreditch MP Meg Hillier, to an event at Whitmore Primary School in March to celebrate our five year partnership with

Investing in our young people is vital to the future of Britain

We must help teenagers develop other vital life skills.     > Read the article

Kids enjoy whizz bang experiments at Science festival organised by City Year UK and National Grid

On Friday 6 March, over 200 children from schools across Hackney convened for the fourth annual National Grid Science Festival which celebrated the joys science and engineering. Attractions included ‘whizz-bang

City Year UK wins DfE Character Award

City Year UK is delighted to have been recognised as a leader in character education by winning a Department for Education Character Award. Our ‘50 acts of greatness ‘club is

City Year UK recognised by DfE as a leader in character education

Investing in character education “is vital for preparing young people for life in modern Britain”     > Read the article

Children & Young People Now – Today’s young people are more socially aware

Children & Young People Now reports on the study ‘Introducing Generation Citizen’ by think tank Demos. The report concludes that, in spite of a negative media portrayal, young people are

City Year UK and Nesta hold education event to share transatlantic insights

City Year UK and Nesta recently hosted an event which saw US experts on education reform joining specialists here to share transatlantic insights into closing the education gap in the

Evening Standard – Hackney pupils get lesson from basketball pro

The Evening Standard reports on the visit of NBA basketball star, Alan Anderson, to Whitmore Primary School in Hackney, where he met with pupils and City Year volunteers. View the

Children & Young People Now – School youth volunteer scheme has positive impact

Children & Young People Now reports on an evaluation of the City Year programme’s third year in London. Read the full story here.

Serving and Learning: A New Skills Pathway for Young People on the Road to Employment

In her latest blog in the Huffington Post, CEO of City Year UK, Sophie Livingstone explains how City Year can be a new pathway into employment for young people. Read