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Welcome to City Year West Midlands

We believe that young people can change the world by giving a year - here. Volunteering in schools across the West Midlands, our mentors inspire and coach pupils from some of our most disadvantaged communities to believe in themselves and be the best they can be. And, by helping pupils realise their potential, our volunteers unlock their own.

Supporting pupils to succeed

Three children in every ten are growing up in poverty in the West Midlands. By the time they take their GCSEs, disadvantaged pupils in Birmingham are an average 1.3 years behind their non-disadvantaged classmates. In parts of the Black Country the gap is over 18 months and in Coventry it is over 19 months. City Year West Midlands and the young people who volunteer with us, are passionate about closing that gap.

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Addressing the challenge

Since 2013, hundreds of young people have volunteered through City Year West Midlands and given over three-quarters of a million hours in over 50 school teams to support pupils to succeed.

Learn about the City Year West Midlands experience

Find out which schools we partner with

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Career development

City Year West Midlands offers 18 to 25-year-olds the opportunity to change children’s lives and their own. Skills development, networking and career exploration are integral to the programme.

Learn about career development at City Year West Midlands

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Our impact

Our City Year Mentors focus on ‘early warning indicators’ that place pupils at risk of not reaching their potential. They track low Attendance, poor Behaviour and failure to make Curriculum progress – our ‘ABCs’.

Learn about our impact in the West Midlands

Want to learn more?

We look forward to hearing from you! Email City Year West Midlands by clicking the button below.

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Read about our City Year West Midlands community

Who's who at City Year West Midlands

Meet some of the people who support our City Year Mentors

Any questions?

Answers to the questions we're asked most often


Beth was one of the first volunteers to serve in the West Midlands in 2013 and ended up staying on...

Read more about Beth Crossfield, City Year West Midlands, 2013-14

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Read more about Blue Coats Service Action Day

Read an interview with volunteer mentor, George Jones, on his journey with City Year UK.

Read more about Meet our volunteer mentor: George Jones

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