National Mentoring Month may have ended, but our AmeriCorps members' commitment to students never wavers. From before the first bell, to long after the last, our mentors are making sure students know that they matter, that we care. 

Here are the Facts (via The National Mentorship Project):

  • Students benefit when they can connect with adults who care about their wellbeing.
  • Having City Year AmeriCorps members in our schools every day allows for students to build supportive relationships with adults who help them succeed.
  • Mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives, helping them make the decisions and connections that lead to improved opportunities. Mentors empower young people to make smart choices that put them on a path to making better life decisions.
  • Students who have mentors are more likely to stay in school.

Let us show you a snapshot of the #mentorIRL campaign from the field!


Wendolyn Ortega was a student at John Liecthy Middle School where she had Bert Rivera as her City Year over 8 years ago. Over the course of the year, their relationship flourished and he became her mentor and role model. Having City Year in her life inspired Wendolyn to come back to Pico Union and serve her community wearing the same yellow jacket. She was very excited when she spotted Bert at the #cyMLK service day and was able to reconnect with him. Wendolyn's story is proof of the power of mentorship. Thank you, Bert, for all you did for Wendolyn and all you continue to do to empower young people. • • • #Repost @cylasharks • • • #thankyourmentor #cityyearla #makebetterhappen #cyvillage #mentor2empower #mentorIRL

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Ms.Mar shares about her focus list student: Gradually, he has become an agent for his education. He now strives to find deeper meaning and understanding in everything he learns. Though it took some reassurance, motivation, a lot of trust, and maybe even some tough love, he took the opportunity to develop these skills, and simultaneously challenged me to become a well-rounded educator that validates and values alternate modes of expression too. Seeing him use this vocal skill set to catalyze learning opportunities, fills my heart with joy. He’s really building a path of endless opportunities for himself. #humansofNOWacademy #makebetterhappen #mentorirl #mentor2empower #cityyear #cityyearla @cityyearla

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AmeriCorps member shakes hand of graduation 5th grade student.

My Chance to Give

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