New research shows link between youth national service and readiness for work
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New research shows link between youth national service and readiness for work

The study, conducted by Cornell University in partnership with City Year, Inc. and supported by the Einhorn Collaborative, also found that AmeriCorps service experience improves the ability to work in diverse teams

Bridge study for City Year graduates

A new study by researchers at Cornell University and the Education Research and Strategy (ERS) team at City Year examines how the experience of national service prepares young people to build connections with people from diverse backgrounds, become actively engaged in civic and community life, and find satisfaction in the workplace.A new study by researchers at Cornell University and the Education Research and Strategy (ERS) team at City Year examines how the experience of national service prepares young people to build connections with people from diverse backgrounds, become actively engaged in civic and community life, and find satisfaction in the workplace.

A new study by researchers at Cornell University and the Education Research and Strategy (ERS) team at City Year examines how the experience of national service prepares young people to build connections with people from diverse backgrounds, become actively engaged in civic and community life, and find satisfaction in the workplace.

Boston, July 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — City Year and Cornell University, with support from the Einhorn Collaborative, released survey results that provide new evidence on the importance of national service for young people and how service supports professional development and promotes engaged citizenship.

The City Year Alumni Bridging Study is based on survey responses from more than 2,000 City Year AmeriCorps alumni who served as student success coaches and mentors in under-resourced schools across the U.S. between 2012 and 2022. The study, conducted by the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University and the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, also included individual interviews with a subset of survey respondents.

A major theme emerging from the study is that an AmeriCorps experience can prepare young people with many of the essential skills that are most in demand by employers today and in the next five years, as identified in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2023 report. These essential skills include creative thinking, empathy, resilience, and leadership, among others.

City Year graduates also admitted that this experience allowed them to push the boundaries of their individual capabilities, which allowed them to work effectively and collaborate with diverse teams in the workplace.

“Understanding and embracing differences is essential to professional and personal success, in work and in life, and we are pleased that service is contributing positively to Corps members’ development in this area,” said Jessica Proett, City Year’s senior director of external assessment. “The skills Corps members learn are also nurtured in the students they serve, opening their eyes to the value of community and how public service can change lives.”

Other important findings include the impact of National Service, with graduates reporting that they felt more prepared to continue their involvement in community service,

Read an overview of the key findings from the Alumni Bridging Study: https://www.cityyear.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Cornell_Study_Overview_City_Year_01.17.24.pdf

About the City Year

City Year is a pioneering, youth-driven organization with a dual mission: to advance educational equity for students furthest from opportunity and to develop diverse leaders through national service. Research shows that the more time a student spends with a City Year AmeriCorps member as a student success coach, the better the student’s outcomes—academically, socially, and emotionally. City Year, a public-private partnership, is a proud AmeriCorps member, operating in 29 cities across the U.S. with international chapters in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Today, 42,000 alumni continue to lead and serve where they live and work. Learn more about City Year’s six areas of impact: www.cityyear.org, Facebook, X, and LinkedIn.

About the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement at Cornell University

The mission of the Einhorn Center is to be a center of community engagement at Cornell, fostering a university culture in which students, faculty, staff, and partners work together to create a better world. Through these partnerships, communities see positive change on the issues that matter most to them; faculty bring diverse perspectives and ways of knowing to their teaching and research; and students develop the skills, insight, and humility they will use as lifelong learners and leaders for public purpose.

About the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research

The mission of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research is to advance, strengthen, and accelerate the connections between cutting-edge research and the design, evaluation, and implementation of policies and practices that enhance human development, health, and well-being. The Bronfenbrenner Center supports research to understand and discover solutions to human problems at multiple levels of analysis (individual, interpersonal, community, organizational, governmental), and to identify, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based, cost-effective practices and programs.

About Einhorn Collaborative

Einhorn Collaborative is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to strengthening community connection and cohesion in the United States. We work with community leaders, researchers, practitioners, cultural creators, and funders to help Americans build stronger connections, embrace our differences, and rediscover our common humanity so that we can work together to solve our most pressing problems.

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CONTACT: Joe Zappala, Vice President of Communications City Year, Inc. 607-339-1098 [email protected]