Finally got a piece of the Pi! Celebrating Math with City Year

CYPiday-GroupPhoto-SocialIconWhile much of the City Year Chicago corps are spending 3/14 in training, some teams were fortunate enough to celebrate Pi Day a little early.

The corps members serving at the Howe School of Excellence were able to celebrate a day early with some school wide activities.

Read more about the activities at Howe School of Excellence and other #CYPiDay activities on the City Year Blog!

Celebrating “Read Across America” with some of our Favorite Books!

What are you reading?

In honor of two national days to recognize reading, both Read Across America Day and World Read Aloud Day on March 5th some City Year Chicago corps members have shared a few of their favorite books. What are you reading? Continue reading

Finding inspiration in the middle of a Chicago Winter

Kelan Lyons (pictured on the right of the back row) serves on the BMO Harris Bank Team serving at Collins Academy High School.

Kelan Lyons (pictured on the right of the back row) serves on the BMO Harris Bank Team serving at Collins Academy High School.

(The names in this post have been changed to protect the identity of our students)

There comes a point when a corps member hears, “you’re doin’ too much” one too many times. When the thought of doing another Behavior Lunch makes you want to throw your bomber on the floor and curl up into the fetal position in the corner of your office. When you think, If I have to teach the four rules of commas one more time… Continue reading

99 Options: Rallying around Perfect Attendance!

The Chicago White Sox Charities Team serving at Tilden Career Community Academy hosted the “Tilden Choice Awards” Attendance Rally to kick off second semester! Attendance rallies are great ways to reiterate to students about the importance of being on time, and to remind them of City Year’s attendance initiatives! Continue reading

Corps Member Profile: Meet David Blount serving at Chicago Vocational Career Academy

David_BlountCorps Member David Blount is from Saint Louis, MO and attended Loyola University Chicago, graduating in May of 2013. David is a member of the Alter Group team at Chicago Vocational Career Academy in the Avalon Park community, where he works in 9th grade social studies classes. Continue reading

Recapping our Day On! Nearly 1,100 volunteers come out for City Year Chicago’s MLK Day, 2014

On January 20, 2014, City Year Chicago hosted its largest and most impactful Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service ever! Nearly 1,100 volunteers completed 47 service projects that transformed the environment in two Chicago public schools in the Rogers Park Community.

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Chicago Cubs Caravan visit Casals School of Excellence as part of their 100 Gifts!

Chicago Cubs Charities (and Clark) join City Year in service at Casals School of Excellence for 100 Gifts

Chicago Cubs Charities (and Clark) join City Year in service at Casals School of Excellence for 100 Gifts

This has been a big week for the Chicago Cubs! Not only did they introduce Clark the Cub, their new mascot, to their fans, but the Cubs also kicked off 100 Gifts of ServiceContinue reading

Make January 20 a “Day On” and serve on MLK Day!


On Monday, January 20, City Year Chicago and 750 volunteers will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by performing transformational physical service projects, such as painting inspirational murals and quotes, building mural backed benches and planter boxes, and creating a series of panel murals. This year MLK Day service will benefit two local schools, Roger C. Sullivan High School and Joyce Kilmer Elementary School, in the Rogers Park Community.

Currently the 45 projects that are planned for the day are at capacity and individuals who have not registered are not guaranteed a spot if they simply show up on the day.  Please visit the City Year Chicago Website for additional information about the event.

If you are interested in serving in Chicago please visit the MLK Day Official Website and search for projects or activities within your community so you can make MLK Day a “Day On” in service to others!

Check out some of the photos from City Year Chicago’s 2013 MLK Day of Service and check back for a recap next week!

Chicago Bulls support youth education and City Year on the court!


On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, City Year Chicago Executive Director Lisa Morrison Butler and Chicago corps member Michael Sugihara received a check from the Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund.

The Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is committed to helping underserved Chicago at risk youth by funding nonprofit organizations in Chicago.


Grants are provided through the Community Assist Fund to nonprofit organizations with programs focused on: Youth Education and Health and Wellness.
This was City Year’s first year receiving a grant – $25,000.