Help Balance the Scales of Inequality

For too many kids in the United States, the neighborhood they grow up in is an early death sentence to their American Dream. The educational disparities that impact these youth simply prove too much to overcome, and millions of promising young people are condemned to a cycle of poverty. At a time when inequality ravages our communities, this is your chance to help break that cycle, and to see and feel firsthand what it’s like to help transform somebody’s future.



About the Organization

Tufts 1+4 is thrilled to collaborate with City Year to offer 1+4 Fellows the opportunity to make an impact in schools across the country. City Year is an education-focused non-profit organization that partners with public schools to provide targeted interventions for students at risk of dropping out. City Year unites young individuals, ages 18-25, from diverse ethnic, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds to engage in a year of full-time service, leadership development, and civic engagement. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these diverse young leaders are deployed in teams to high-poverty, urban schools to make a difference in the lives of under-served children and youth.

Fellowship Structure

City Year is an 11-month commitment and Fellows must be available for the entire time period. Every City Year site has a different start date, based on the public school calendar, but all Fellows begin their training in either July or August 2017. Fellows will come to Tufts at the end of August for our on-campus Tufts 1+4 Orientation, where they will meet other 1+4 Fellows and participate in team-building exercises and orientation activities to prepare them for their year of service. Fellows will also also participate in the Tufts 1+4 Post-Service Retreat in mid-September 2018, as they begin their first semester at Tufts.

Please note that Tufts 1+4 Fellows who do a placement with City Year will not have housing provided for them. However, they will receive a number of other benefits, as listed below. It is also likely that Tufts 1+4 City Year Fellows may not be serving in the same location as other Tufts 1+4 Fellows, but they will be connected to all Fellows through participation in on-campus programming and the Tufts 1+4 online course.

Fellow Benefits

Please note that due to AmeriCorps restrictions, placements with City Year are only open to United States citizens and permanent residents.

Tufts 1+4 City Year Fellows are City Year AmeriCorps members, and receive AmeriCorps benefits in exchange for their 11 months of service. Tufts 1+4 City Year Fellows receive a bi-weekly living stipend of $564, health insurance coverage, the opportunity to take advantage of varied local partnerships at City Year sites such as transportation passes or special AmeriCorps member discounts, and are eligible to receive the Segal Education Award (valued at $5,775) at the completion of the service year to go toward their Tufts education. To be eligible for all AmeriCorps benefits, Fellows must complete 1,700 hours of service, all City Year-required competencies, and serve through the program’s graduation date. Learn more about AmeriCorps benefits on the City Year website.

Application Instructions

After submitting a Tufts 1+4 City Year application, applicants will receive instructions on how to complete the City year application. You can choose to apply to one specific site, a region with several sites, or to serve wherever you are most needed. Different service locations offer the chance to work with students of different ages, and to be a part of a larger or smaller group of City Year Corps members. Please see the City Year website for more information.

Activities beyond Service

City Year Fellows will enjoy frequent networking and professional development opportunities during their service year. In addition, as visible and active members of the community, they are frequently called upon to engage with local, state, and federal policymakers; interact with high-profile donors and stakeholders; and are frequent beneficiaries of community benefits and outreach opportunities. In recognition of their service, community leaders and other stakeholders often provide opportunities to attend sporting events and cultural activities in order to help them experience every aspect of the community.

“Through these tireless days I learned hard work, perseverance, and dedication. I also learned patience and compassion from my students and the teachers around me. I learned maturity, leadership, and collaboration from my team of 17 to 26-year-olds of which I was the youngest. I built amazing relationships with students, corps members, teachers, and community members over my year, some of which I will have for life. I’m not going to say it was easy, or that I didn’t doubt myself and the impact I was making. I will say that I have incredible stories of seeing young people grow and change in unimaginable ways, including myself.”

-Tufts Student Nellie Agosta, A17

Service Experience

Fellowship Description

City Year Fellows will provide students with one-on-one support to overcome challenges they face both in and out of school. Primary tasks include:

  • Attendance monitoring and engagement: This involves everything from talking with students about their challenges to simple gestures such as greeting them on their way into school and making phone calls home.
  • Socio-emotional support: Fellows will act as role models both by example and through positive coaching. If students are having a hard time they pull them aside and address their concerns, transforming their experience into a positive one.
  • Support in math and English: Fellows will also work closely with teachers to identify learning gaps and help differentiate instruction for students who need it most through one-on-one tutoring. They create after school programs that help students succeed in math and English to stay on track and graduate.

In addition to working with individual students who are at-risk of dropping out, Fellows will also provide support to help transform the whole school—including leading school-wide events and activities, after school programming, and in-class support for teachers. Learn more about the work of City Year Corps members at .

Community Need

City Year provides support to students in high-need public schools across the country. Research shows that students who are at risk of dropping out can be identified as early as elementary school using three early warning indicators: poor attendance, disruptive behavior and course failure in math and English. A child who exhibits even one of these indicators as early as sixth grade has a 75 percent chance of dropping out. However, if these students reach the 10th grade on track and on time, they have a 75 percent chance of graduating. City Year reaches these students early—specifically focusing on students in third through ninth grade—and provides them with one-on-one support to help them overcome the challenges they face both in and out of school. Visit the City Year website to learn more about the community need and City Year’s approach and impact.

Skills Fellow Will Develop

City Year will help Fellows develop as engaged citizens, equipped with the passion, skills, and courage to continue making a difference in their communities long after their year of service. Through mentoring programs, career/networking events, resume and interview workshops, and more, City Year strategically motivates, supports, and challenges Fellows to develop the skills to become effective leaders in the community and the workplace, building a pipeline of future employees prepared to succeed in a variety of fields. Specifically, Fellows will gain classroom-based mentoring skills, organizational skills, and experience in coordinating an after-school program.


Fellows who apply to this placement should have a strong desire to work with youth in challenging academic situations. Experience working with youth and in diverse environments is preferred. Students will be working both one-on-one and in small groups to improve educational outcomes and effect change in graduation rates. Comfort with teamwork is essential: Fellows will be part of a large national service organization and work in tandem with other City Year AmeriCorps members. This position requires availability for the full 11 month service experience, as described above. Also note that the average work hours per week is close to 50, as City Year is an intensive, immersive experience.