UC Riverside Leads in City Year Applicants for Fifth Year in a Row

UCR is also first in confirmed positions for the year

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. photo courtesy of City year

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – For the fifth year in a row, recent graduates from the University of California, Riverside, have topped the leaderboard in applying to the City Year program, which serves students in high-need areas.

One hundred twenty-four UCR graduates applied this year. That’s down from last year’s 135 applicants, but the number of confirmed hired positions is 50, meaning UCR also leads with the highest number of confirmed candidates for the year.

“I think this shows that even with a lower number of applications, our candidates are very strong,” said Joseph Martinez, senior coordinator of student organizations and campus vitality at UCR.

The nationwide City Year program partners with schools and teachers to place its AmeriCorps members in high-need schools across the country. AmeriCorps members work to keep students in school and on track academically through in-class support, one-on-one and small group tutoring, mentoring and after school programs. The program works to bridge the gap between the support that students need, and what their schools can provide. In doing so, they are helping to increase graduation rates across the country explained Bert Rivera, the West Coast regional recruitment director at City Year.

photo courtesy of City year

photo courtesy of City year

“This year, the number of young people interested in service programs dropped across the country. While we and other programs have seen that trend, it’s been inspiring to see students from UC Riverside still strongly interested in serving and giving back,” said Rivera.

According to Rivera, City Year isn’t a huge financial gain for participants. The Americorps program pays members less than $1,000 a month. Rivera said it’s the passion that participants have for making a difference in the community that intrigues them about the program.

“Riverside is just real,” Rivera said. “A lot of the students are first-generation college students who can relate to the struggles of the students they’ll be working with. They know how important hard work is. The community service isn’t a status thing. The students are just real; they’re about doing the hard work and it shows, because it pays off.”

For more information about City Year, visit the programs website: https://www.cityyear.org/

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E-mail: nrivera@cityyear.org

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