Corps Member

City Year

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City Year London Corps Member

About the opportunity 

Young people that join City Year dedicate a year to volunteering full time in schools as tutors, mentors and role models.

City Year is the only youth movement that delivers a combination of breakfast club provision, one-to-one tutoring support, enforcement of school behaviour policies and fun after-school clubs all rolled into one.

City Year is different because we strive to achieve a `double-impact'. We aim to have a transformative effect on the lives of the children that we work with, but also the lives of the volunteers that serve with us.
We are committed to developing the skills and confidence of the young people that join us. All of our volunteers benefit from our Leadership After City Year development programme. This includes more than 300 hours of professional training and support across the year and the opportunity to carry out work shadowing days with our corporate sponsors. 

What will you do? 

First of all you will attend a two-week basic training academy. This is all about preparing you with information about what it means to be a City Year corps member and equipping you with the basic knowledge you need to work in a school. It’s also a great way to get to know your fellow new recruits and City Year staff.

You will then form a new team of between seven and ten teammates. These are the people you will work most closely with throughout your time at City Year.

Your team will serve in a single school (or perhaps a pair of nearby schools) between Monday and Thursday throughout the entire school day. You will be at school in the morning to welcome the children and run after-school activities in the afternoons. You will do a range of hands-on tutoring and mentoring activities and support the teaching staff by monitoring children’s attendance, behaviour and curriculum performance. You will often eat with the children, play at break times and generally become a highly visible personality within the school. You might be the first and last person a child sees during the school day.

At school you will work with children and young people by:

  • Becoming a role model and an integral part of the school team
  • Provide one-to-one mentoring and tutoring support – for e.g. helping children progress with their reading
  • Assisting teachers in the classroom – for e.g. acting as the eyes and ears for teachers or concentrating on a small group of focus children
  • Leading after school activities.
  • Running workshops on important social issues, such as poverty, health, respect
  • Organising and leading community action projects, stimulating wider community involvement – for e.g. transforming an old derelict playground into a safe and new environment

Fridays are very different. You will attend our HQ in Islington, or our sponsors’ offices, where we train together and run our Leadership After City Year programme. Friday is a good time to catch up with everyone else on the corps and for sharing tips and ideas. You could be doing a training course relating to your time in school, or be having a mentoring session from one of our corporate partners, or work shadowing a senior businessperson in the City, or picking up tips on how to pass entrance tests to FTSE 100 companies.

We take pride in being professional and working hard but we also have fun and support each other to develop. Fridays are special because it’s about coming back together and stretching your mind (not that working in a school is anything but challenging!). 

How will you benefit?

  • Your time with City Year could be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
  • You will gain in-depth experience working with children and young people and serve alongside inspiring teaching staff and excellent head teachers.
  • You will grow as an individual by working in some of the most challenging schools in London.
  • You will develop skills and experiences that can be transferred into any future career, such as communication, organisation and leadership skills.
  • Almost all of our corps members say that their confidence was boosted during their time with City Year.
  • You will meet new friends and be introduced to professional networks through our Leadership After City Year programme.
  • In-depth experience working with children and young people;
  •  Mentoring support from an employee of one of our partners;
  •  The Leadership After City Year programme; one day per week dedicated to your development throughout the year;
  •  £100 per week for expenses and subsistence costs, plus any travel expenses for City Year activity;
  •  Eligibility for a Citizen Service Award of up to £750;
  •  Free uniform, including t-shirts, trousers, boots, and our iconic red jacket;
  •  Membership to our alumni programme;
  •  More than ninety per cent of our corps members are successful in securing a place in higher education or a job after their time with City Year. 

What are they looking for? 

If you want to change the world, then we are interested in you.
You must be:

  • Between the ages of 18-25 upon the commencement of volunteering;
  • Have the passion, commitment and emotional maturity to be an inspiring role model for children and an impressive ambassador for young people;
  • Eligible to live and work in the EU for eleven months (late August 2012 until late July 2013) and dedicated to volunteering full time with City Year;
  • Eligible to live and work in the EU for eleven months (late August 2012 until late July 2013) and dedicated to volunteering full time with City Year;
  • Intend to live in London during your year of citizen service;
  • Completed or in the process of completing any of the following:
    Level 3 qualifications such as A Level, Access courses, BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, NVQ Level 3, Higher - National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), International Baccalaureate Diploma or an undergraduate degree.

    If you do not meet this minimum academic requirement we will still consider your application if supported by a recommendation from someone who has worked with you in a professional capacity for at least six months e.g. caseworker, youth leader, employer etc. 



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