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hard work, low pay, good cause

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at City Year

Pros

Meeting people. Also its for a good cause and if you enjoy working with kids you get that opportunity.

Cons

The stipend is very small, almost unlivable.

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    Slightly disorganized, but overall a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Baton Rouge, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Baton Rouge, LA (US)

    I have been working at City Year full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The core purpose of City Year - working to support students who show signs of dropping out of high school - makes any of the struggles along the way worth it. As a City Year Corps Member, an employee work with students who show poor attendance, behavior issues, and low English and Math scores. The bonds you make with your students are powerful, and the little successes - for example, getting a kid who counts using his fingers to learn how to multiply and divide in his head - make up for the long hours.

    Cons

    Because the teams at each school are made up of 17-24 year olds, and because the emphasis is on the TEAM, expect to face some maturity and personality challenges. Corps Members who work at the high school level are also faced with a seemingly insurmountable task, as it is near impossible to get students caught up to their grade level over the course of just one year. Finally, the firm belief in giving people the opportunity to "grow" means that sometimes the people who are hired - including Program Managers - are people who may not be suited for the job and, unfortunately, may not be interested in changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a lot more "bottom-up" feedback and, frankly, there needs to be an awareness of the gender and leadership styles of the people being hired to avoid hiring people that are all of the same gender who all share the same strengths and weaknesses (as is the case in Baton Rouge).

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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    City Year makes me want to give up on non-profits

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    Current Employee - Corps Member  in  Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Corps Member in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at City Year full-time

    Pros

    -The education award you get is helpful...(but you have to claim it on your taxes as income)
    -Working with students
    -It's satisfying to know that your corps year is only for 10 months.

    Cons

    The organization is very controlling and values their image and branding over their corps members and the work they do. In addition, City Year is very interested in not just the positive notion of diversity but also showing off physical diversity in a forceable way. For example, during yearly events that promote City Year, corps members are chosen/invited to go based on their race and gender.

    Working in the schools is very challenging as well. City Year is very data-driven. Corps members are either assigned/get to choose their a group of 15-17 students to put on their focus list. These students are chosen based on the prediction that they have the most potential for growth - therefore the students that are extremely below grade level proficiency will not be able to be a focus list student...

    I think that data-driven work is great only when it provides unbiased inferences. However, City Year only appears to want positive data. Of course if a corps member works with a student in a tutoring/mentoring session throughout the year, their grades will improve! So of course the data will 99% most likely be positive. What a great model for showing off genuine information to potential sponsors and supports of City Year. (sarcasm~)
    My question is what happens to former focus list students the next academic year, if they don't have City Year. Most likely, grades will go down...too bad no data is found on that.

    Another negative side to City Year is the fact that it is open to anyone with a high school degree (ages 17-24). I don't mean to be too judgmental but City Year has some crazy corps members that they accept. I always heard this fact around the office: "You are special because you are 1 out of 6 that made it to the corps!") What a bunch of malarky. I think (1) you shouldn't be able to work with City Year straight out of high school and (2) there should be a GPA cut off. Not only are there crazy corps members, some (I KNOW), do not know how to be positive role models to their students/understand what they are tutoring their students in.

    City Year is also very inefficient. But you can read all the other comments below or you can become a corps member yourself and then take down the establishment from the inside!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization is growing faster than your management can handle. Chill out.
    #makebetterhappen
    Become more knowledgable and approachable about the work you're actually doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
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