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It's time to invest in our volunteers. Our City Year Mentors each give 128 hours every month to tackling educational inequality. We're fundraising to support their personal and professional development.

Join the #One28Challenge

This June, take part in City Year UK's #One28Challenge. Walk 128 miles throughout the month of June, or spend 128 minutes each week learning a new skill, and raise money to support the development of young people across the country. Take on the challenge individually or as part of a team and help us tackle educational inequality.

How to Get Involved

Sign up

Sign up today and receive your free fundraising pack via email to help kickstart your #One28Challenge!

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Set up your GiveStar page

Set up your GiveStar online giving page by following the link below or downloading the app. Click ‘Sign Up’ on the top right of the page and create your account. Then click ‘Create Campaign’ to set up your #One28Challenge page and start fundraising for City Year UK!

Set up your page here

Spread the word & start walking

Use your social channels (and beyond) to let everyone know about your challenge and encourage them to join in too.

Help spread the word

Fundraise as a team

Take on the challenge with your friends and family and walk 128 miles collectively in June. Set up a team page and get fundraising!

Get started here

Fundraising resources

Not sure where to start with fundraising? Download our fundraising pack with all the ideas and tools you need to start raising money.

Download your fundraising pack

Find more resources here

Make a donation

Want to make a difference quickly? You can help us tackle educational inequality by making a one-time donation or gift.

Make a donation

“Every child deserves someone on their side, to fight for them and to support them. If you can be that person, you will change their life."

City Year Mentor West Midlands

The difference you can make...


could contribute towards the daily travel expenses of a City Year Mentor, making sure they can be in school for the pupils who rely on their support.

Support the #One28Challenge!


could fund a day of leadership development training for one of our mentors.

Help us tackle educational inequality.


could enable a volunteer to run a set of four 1:1 coaching sessions with a pupil in need of individual support, focused on boosting their self-belief and academic attainment.

Make a donation to support our volunteers.

Every donation we receive, and each amount you raise, will be matched 1:1 by one of our partners. This means, including Gift Aid, for every £128 you raise, City Year will gain £320!

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Red Jacket

"When I signed up to City Year I never ever thought I’d be the one telling my story. I cried a river at the ceremony when we were given our red jackets simply because the opportunity to serve has been one of my biggest achievements to date." - Kanesha, City Year Mentor

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Starfish Story

"Being a City Year Mentor also means having a voice that matters. By allowing students to understand teachers' requirements and vice versa, you assist in closing the communication gap between them." - Mushtaq, City Year Mentor

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Find a place to focus

"This is probably the best progress evening MW has ever had. All the teachers have said that he is doing so much better and his behaviour has massively improved. He absolutely worships his City Year Mentor and is always singing your praises." - Parent Comment

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"In February, for our second Social Action Project, we went bigger and better. We raised money to buy books for our school library, as the library needed a big refresh and we did this by completing a sponsored walk of over 5 miles. We raised a whopping £515 and donated over 100 books!" - Mo, City Year Mentor

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"City Year offered me the chance to grow, both personally and professionally, and it was clear from my first interview that they were willing to invest in my development as a leader. This was exactly what I wanted: to develop more well-rounded skills, and build my confidence and initiative." - Hope, School Service Leader

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Enrichment Opportunities

"I came up with the idea of creating a rap club that many of my mentees had a shared interest in; a safe space for students to tell their own stories and express themselves in a creative manner, away from school pressures." - Neil, City Year Mentor

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Sign up and get your free fundraising pack!

Join the #One28Challenge today and help us bridge the education gap. Sign up to receive a free fundraising pack and set up your own GiveStar online giving page. THANK YOU for your support.

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