City Year recruits, trains and places teams of young people to volunteer in primary and secondary schools in areas of acute deprivation. Over the course of an academic year, the young volunteers serve four days a week as role-models and mentors in the classroom and playground, before and after school. They also provide 1:1 support to help those children at risk of falling behind.
Every Friday, the volunteers receive support from City Year in their own personal and professional development. The Queen’s Trust has assisted with the career days and spoken at several City Year UK Events.
We started working with City Year UK in 2013 and since then we have awarded them grants totalling over £1.7 m. We support them to work towards the delivery of their strategic plan to expand to five cities by 2020.
It feels great to know that you have the power to make a difference. You always think that other people can change society, but I have the capability to do so as well. Even in the classroom, inspiring kids to ask, “Sir, can I do what you’re doing?” Many have the talent within them, and organisations like City Year help to bring this out
Issac Hamid, A volunteer for City Year UK in Birmingham