City Year Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Member walks on school campus wearing City Year jacket.

City Year Philadelphia focuses its services on education and helping kids graduate from high school prepared for college and career.

Personalized support for struggling students

Founded in the summer of 1988 by Harvard Law School students Michael Brown and Alan Khazei, City Year was inspired by the simple and powerful belief that young people can change the world. Over the past 25 years, City Year has grown from its beginnings as a pilot program with 50 participants into an international organization in 27 U.S. cities and international affiliate sites. 

To date, more than 20,000 City Year AmeriCorps members have dedicated 29 million hours of service to their communities, helping more than 1.3 million children.  

City Year Philadelphia, now celebrating its 20th year in the city, establishes a continuum of care for third through 10th grade students in partner schools, ensuring that struggling students receive the personalized support they need to graduate. With 250 highly-skilled members deployed in Philadelphia schools, City Year creates a stable and consistent presence in the lives of students through academic support, one-on-one and small-group tutoring, attendance coaching and behavior coaching. 

Over the past eight years, City Year Philadelphia has grown its partnership with the city’s school district, expanding from 14 to 18 schools over the 2016-2017 school year and adding a 19th school during 2017-2018.


Volunteer assists student as they focus on schoolwork.