City Year Columbus

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Organize a fundraiser among family, friends, or classmates and donate the earnings towards City Year Columbus. This money will help City Year Columbus succeed in its efforts to improve the lives of students in the area. Donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations take care of over half of the financial costs of supporting City Year’s mission.


Who can help: Anyone!


Contact City Year Columbus under the ‘Contact’ tab on the menu to your left to set up volunteer opportunities or service projects!

What is your organization’s mission statement?


City Year works in high-poverty communities in Columbus to bridge the gap between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, City Year Columbus helps increase graduation rates and changes the lives of the students the we serve.

What population do you serve? 


City Year Columbus serves students in poor neighborhoods in order to help them graduate and succeed.


How many do you serve in a year? 


This year we will provide 36 volunteers to help multiple students at 4 Central Ohio schools

What region or area do you provide services in?


Although City Year serves students throughout the country, City Year Columbus focuses on serving students at four local schools: Linden McKinley STEM Academy, Mifflin High School, South High School, and Weinland Park Elementary School.

How and when did the organization get started? 


Harvard Law School roommates Michael Brown and Alan Khazei founded City Year in 1988 because they both felt that young people have the power to make impactful, positive change when it comes to some of America’s most pressing issues. City Year aims to provide a sense of community and trust for students living in poor areas.

Since its founding, City Year has grown to have 25 locations across the United States. The Columbus location (City Year Columbus) exists because almost a quarter of students in Columbus City Schools drop out. City Year Columbus believes dropping out of school results in negative consequences for the individual and has a lasting effect on the community. Because of this, the organization strives to increase graduation rates.


How many employees do you have? 


City Year Columbus has 36 corps members working in four local schools.


How many volunteers does your organization have?  (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)


City Year Columbus has 36 volunteers working directly with students, and additional volunteers to help other tasks including general management and fundraising.

How do your programs or services help the community?


City Year Columbus gives extra attention and support to students in high-poverty areas who are not getting enough attention from school alone. Young adults tutor students individually on the ABCs – attendance, behavior, and course performance in math and English.

As a result, 85% of students in grades 6-9 improved at least 1 letter grade, 91% improved their attendance, and 80% of their teachers agreed that the City Year Columbus program helped the students’ overall academic performance.

Program Descriptions 


Near-peer Tutoring: provides extra care to students who are at risk of dropping out of school. City Year tutors, also known as Corps members, help bridge the gap between the attention a student needs and the attention their school is able to give him or her. City Year Columbus tutors encourage their students to go to school more often, improve their students’ overall behavior, and help their students in key courses like English and math.

City Year’s Wishlist:

  • Gift cards for fuel/gas to help with volunteer transportation costs
  • Gift cards from grocery or fast-food stores

Name: Cristin Bryant

Position: Director of Learning & Development

Organization: City Year Columbus


Work: (614) 586-4523

35 North Fourth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215