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“I tell all of my friends that I have the best job among them because I always wake up  pumped to go to work. Young people can be catalysts for positive change and City Year gives me the chance to show them how.” -Jamaal Williams, 2008-2009 City Year New York Corps Member


Dedicating a year to make a difference as a Corps Member in New York City means immersing yourself in a city alive with culture, diversity, and people. Also known as The Big Apple, The Capital of the World, the City that Never Sleeps, Gotham, Empire City, New York is one of the greatest cities in the world and there is something for everyone here. New York City is comprised of five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens- providing you with plenty of opportunities to live, interact, and enjoy the many nationalities, cultures, arts, cuisine, entertainment, and public spaces that make New York City a true Melting Pot – with each borough providing many different flavors. 

City Year New York was established in 2003 as a way to harness the rise of social concern and – volunteerism in the wake of 9/11. Since its inception, City Year New York has worked to create and implement innovative solutions for the most pressing issues facing New York City’s school children. City Year unites diverse young adults- many of them local New Yorkers – towards enriching New York City’s communities and youth. 


As a tutor and mentor with City Year, you will make a difference in children’s lives and help develop a new generation of leaders. City Year New York service programs include in-school and after-school service, youth leadership, and community engagement. At times, all City Year Corps Members are asked to serve as ambassadors of City Year New York and the national service movement. Therefore, Corps Members may have the opportunity to attend special occasions, recruitment events, and fundraising meetings away from their usual service responsibilities. 

City Year New York’s 2013-2014 corps will be comprised of over 300 diverse young adults. Corps Members are assigned to teams of ten to serve a particular elementary school, middle or high school and its corresponding after-school program for the duration of their service year. Corps Member teams run tutoring sessions, attendance initiatives, mentorship check-ins, and service-learning themed afterschool programming. Additionally, Corps Members learn how to plan and execute educational lesson plans, lead groups of children in educational activities, design lunch programming, implement school-wide events, and develop mentor-like relationships with students.

South Bronx (Bronx), East Harlem (Manhattan), Long 
Island City and Elmhurst (Queens), and East New York, Greenpoint & Cypress Hills (Brooklyn). We work in elementary, middle and high schools in these locations.

Hours of Day: 7:30 am to 6:30pm on an average day. Often Corps Members will take on tasks that require additional work time after hours. Most Corps Members commute about 60-90 minutes to their schools. 

Schedule of the Week: Monday through Thursday begin and end at the school. Fridays are generally reserved for training, physical service days, planning and other events. 

% of Time:

  • Training or Professional Development: 15% 
  • Planning Service: 20% 
  • Direct Service with Youth: 60%


New York City is often referred to as the world’s melting pot and with good reason. The following breakdown represents the city’s ethnic composition, according to the 2010 Census:

White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 44.00%
Black persons, percent, 20010 (a) 25.50%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons,   percent, 2010 (a) 0.70%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a) 12.70%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a) 0.10%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent,   2010 4.00%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent,   2010 (b) 28.60%
Median household income, 2007-2011 $51,270
Per capita money income, 2007-2011 $31,417


City Year New York Corps Members receive an Unlimited Monthly MetroCard. This card enables our corps to travel on Subways and Buses (except for Express uses) throughout the five Boroughs. The MetroCard is not valid for New Jersey Transit, MetroNorth, or Long Island Railroad.

If you are new to New York City and not sure how to navigate the MTA, is a website that provides turn-by-turn directions and approximate travel time for destinations within the five boroughs. New York is a city of long commutes – 45 minutes is considered average, but over an hour is not uncommon! Many New Yorkers use that long commute to keep up on reading, tackle the infamous New York Times crossword puzzle, or decompress with some music. AM New York and the New York Metro, two of the city’s free papers, are available at most subway stops to ensure you can keep up on current events on your way to your service!


Although City Year New York does not provide corps member housing; we are able to provide assistance by:

  • Providing an on-line forum for confirmed Corps Members to find potential roommates
  • Direct confirmed Corps Members to resources to learn about NYC neighborhoods and rental market

We strongly recommend that all Corps Members plan to live with roommates– fellow Corps Members often make the best ones and they meet on the City Year New York Facebook page! Access to the Facebook page is provided as soon as City Year New York receives your confirmation letter.

Important Notes:

  • Corps Members will be assigned to a community based on skills, experience and needs of the school
  • Corps Members should expect and be prepared to have an average travel time of 60-90 minutes to their assigned school
  • Corps Members are responsible for finding and securing housing prior to the start of service.


City Year   New York Stipend $564   bi-weekly (taxable)
Rent $500 – 1,200   per person(varies   significantly by neighborhood, the majority of our corps pays $500-$700) Housing   Survey Blog!
Movie ticket $11.50
Large pizza $14.00
Half-gallon   of milk $2.50
Dinner   (inexpensive) $15.00 per   person
Ticket to   baseball game $15.00 –   $98.00
Ticket to   Broadway play $65.00 –   $125.00


Expenses – Revenue – Costs in NYC
Rent $650 City Year Stipend $1,128 Starbucks Coffee $3.50
Bills $70 Food Stamps* $200 Cart Coffee $0.75
Phone $60 Eating lunch at service site $6.00
Food $200 Eating lunch downtown $12.00
Entertainment $200 Making lunch daily $2.00
TOTAL – $1,180 TOTAL – $1,328 Gym Membership $40/month
NYC Rec Center $50/year
* AmeriCorps   stipends are not considered earnings so AmeriCorps members are usually   eligible for Food Stamps


Living in New York vs. Visiting – Anyone who has visited New York as a tourist knows that it can be an expensive city, but living here on a budget is common and easier than you may think. There are many ways to find everyday bargains, such as shopping at $.99 cent stores and buying breakfast at a street cart instead of a big national chain. Also, packing a lunch every day can save you almost $1000 over your 10 months of service.

Braving New York’s Weather – New York has four seasons and it is important to be prepared for all of them! The Corps Year starts at the tail end of summer, and New York can have 80+ degree days throughout September. Autumn in New York is beautiful, but the weather is unpredictable. Winters in New York can be bitterly cold and windy, so bring plenty of warm layers! Pack an umbrella as well, since
New York spring tends to be rainy, but the temperature warms up in April and May. In addition to shirts, pants, and footwear, Corps Members will receive a warm, waterproof jacket. At City Year New York you will use all of your uniform parts!

Arts  New York is known the world over as a cultural center for good reason. There are hundreds of music venues, theaters, dance, galleries, and museums to visit. The cost of entertainment in New York ranges from over $50 for a theater ticket to Free Friday Nights at the Museum of Modern art. Dancers who are interested in taking classes can expect to pay $13-16 per class at renowned studios like Alvin Ailey and Broadway Dance Center. Writers, poets, and storytellers have numerous venues to share their talents on stage at events such as The Moth or The Poets House. 

Sports and Events – New York caters to sports fanatics of all varieties, whether you want to watch professional baseball (Mets, Yankees, Brooklyn Cyclones, Staten Island Yankees), basketball (Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and New York Liberty), or football (Jets and Giants) or you want to play touch football on the weekends. Leagues like Zog Sports offer a variety of sports at levels ranging from very casual to very competitive. Runners love Central Park and there are many free group runs for those who like to train with a pack. If you prefer the water, take a swim in one of the New York Parks Department swimming pools (summer only). If you want to stay fit, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune in NYC!

CYNY Press and Information:
City Year Blog:
Queens Chronicle Article:
Time Magazine Young Heroes Article:

Life in NYC
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Fun, low cost activities:
Entertainment options:
Dance Classes
Dance Classes
Zog Sports
Free Running
Swimming Pools