City Year – inspiring young people to change their local community
Young people today face some of the toughest economic challenges in modern times. The unemployment rate amongst young people below the age of 25 is at 20.1 percent in the UK. Deutsche Bank joined forces with City Year to address the striking education inequalities that students from disadvantaged backgrounds face.
Research conducted by the Institute for Volunteering Research identified a range of positive impacts achieved by City Year, a charity recruiting young people to volunteer as mentors and tutors, transforming schools and local communities. Founded on the belief that young people can change the world, this model offers a solution that supports students, while at the same time addressing youth unemployment.
In 2012, Deutsche Bank teamed up with City Year to support talented and passionate young people to spend 11 months working in schools based in areas of high deprivation. Through different engagement opportunities, Deutsche Bank employees are supporting City Year volunteers by giving them advice, help and guidance about employment prospects and building successful careers.
This in turn enables City Year volunteers to become dedicated tutors, mentors and role models, providing emotional, academic and pastoral support to the students with whom they work, ultimately helping to improve their academic performance, behaviour and attendance.
Benefits achieved through the programme range from higher academic performance and improved classroom behaviour of students, to boosts in confidence and the employability of City Year participants. Young people who join City Year receive leadership training, corporate mentoring and valuable work experience in return for their year of service.
City Year is part of Deutsche Bank’s youth engagement programme Born to Be that aims to break the cycle of youth unemployment through early intervention.Born to Be helps young people reach their full potential by developing employability skills, confidence and aspirations.
“City Year was life changing. I became the role model I never had at school.”