City Year UK is a leading youth and education charity whose mission is to galvanise the talent, energy and idealism of young role models to help vulnerable children succeed in school. They recruit 18-25 year olds, known as 'corps members', to volunteer for a year as mentors, role models and tutors. They operate in London, Birmingham and now Manchester where over 150 corps members do a year of service. Last year alone, corps members gave more than 220,000 voluntary hours, reaching over 10,000 children across.
Through the simple act of ‘giving back’ the corps members know that they can have a transformational double impact on the life chances of the next generation. To find out more about City Year and why young people choose to do a ‘City Year’, have a look at the Infographic below, or visit www.cityyear.org.uk
The City Year team at Surrey Square
This is the third year City Year has now been at Surrey Square and the partnership continues to get stronger and stronger. The team is known as the Moccasins team. The word ‘Moccasins’ represents the value of putting yourself into another person’s shoes in order to understand the world from another perspective.
The team is led by Aaron (one of last year’s corps members who is now known as the Impact Officer)
Corps members are hard to miss as they wear bright red jackets as part of their uniform. This year the corps members are Nimisha, Stephane, Shantel, Tomi, Kawther and Juliet.
The current team is really excited about this academic year and are looking forward to having a massive impact on the children they work with.
Corps members have used their time and experience at Surrey Square to go on to do other great things. Watch Aaron doing a TEDx Talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cckmTXZGMo0
What City Year do at Surrey Square
From Monday to Thursday they are based at Surrey Square where they assist the teachers in supporting children in the classroom with learning, behaviour and attendance. They play a major role on the playground at playtime and lunchtime, too. Some corps members run a number of different activities and initiatives, such as after school clubs.
Photo of supporting in class/doing 1:1 reading - coming soon!
In the morning corps members run a breakfast club called Starfish Cafe which begins at 8am until school starts. They serve bagels and cereal. They organise a number of different active games which gets the kids energised and ready to start the day, along with table based games like connect4 and snakes and ladders. They also have a reading section where corps members will encourage children to read or be read to.
What City Year do on Fridays
On Fridays, corps members attend training sessions which include presenting, CV and interview guidance, networking opportunities and work shadowing; thus furthering their opportunity to become self-confident leaders with the passion, values and expertise to play a valuable part in the workplace, their communities and wider society after City Year.