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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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    City Year has so much potential, but fails miserably to follow through.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    1) Working with and mentoring kids is a special experience.

    2) The Corps Members themselves are very cool and interesting (about 80% are cool and the other 20% are CRAZY and incompetent).

    Cons

    1) The City Year superiors (Team Leaders, Program Managers, Program Directors) have proven to be largely incompetent. They make decisions in a very dictatorial fashion, focusing on growth and numbers and ignoring the needs of Corps members.

    2)You follow students in classes all day, but oftentimes teachers teach for the entire class period; this means that whole class periods are spent doing nothing. There is a severe lack of productivity during the day, even though work days are upwards of 10 hours each day.

    3) It is extremely stressful and often it feels futile to work in such horrible schools. The teachers and administration are often inept, and Corps Members have little power at the end of the day. Corps Members are forced to prop up support for these horrible schools. Sometimes, the only work we can do is have kids do missing assignments for full credit. This promotes bad work habits, and this isn't tutoring. This emphasis on just getting kids to do their work does little to curb the poor education that students receive.

    4) City Year as an organization does little to support Corps Members. Training days happen upwards of once a week, and are frustratingly useless.

    5) The data-driven approach is faulty and borderline corrupt. There is no data to understand City Year's impact on students once these students no longer have City Year to help them. In other words, City Year is so focused on short term success, that longterm success is totally ignored.

    6) The culture of City Year is tacky and childish. The organization pontificates about professionalism, but promotes a culture that discourages any sense of professionalism. Management sits on their phones during trainings and doesn't uphold the same uniform standards as Corps Members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Hire more competent managers.
    -Seek data to see the longterm impact of City Year impact.
    -Focus on quality, not quantity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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