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Why Cleveland?

  • The overall cost of living in Cleveland is 10% below the national average.
  • Between 2000 and 2015 Cleveland’s population grew by 77 percent. Millennials are the largest group moving here and the numbers continue to climb.
  • There are 29 colleges and universities located in the region. Many are part of the network of higher education institutions providing benefits to AmeriCorps Members (e.g. app fee waiver, deferrals, and exclusive scholarships).
  • The average morning commute is less than 23 minutes.
  • No car? No problem! Cleveland’s Rapid system (also known as the RTA) and HealthLine was named the 'Best' Bus Rapid Transit in North America.

Living in Cleveland

  • The city is encircled by 23,000 acres of nature preserves and parks. Cleveland’s Metroparks offer over 300 miles of trails for runners, hikers, cyclists, and nature enthusiasts.
  • Culture and entertainment are abundant in Cleveland. We have three professional sports teams, a world-renowned art museum (with free admission!), a theater district second only to NYC’s Broadway, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
  • The city is home to more than 117 diverse groups. Annual events celebrate the many unique people and communities living here, notably the Cleveland Asian Festival, and Pride in the CLE just to name a few.
  • You’ll appreciate all four seasons (and your City Year all-weather jacket!)

"[Our graduation rates] are the fastest growing among urban districts in Ohio and third fastest in the state out of 609 districts. The better news is what sits behind that though. Our African American students [68% African American] graduate 4.9 percentage points higher than the state average. So if you're a black boy or girl in this city you're more likely to graduate than if you attend the average district in Ohio. That's really, really huge news.” 

-Eric Gordon, CEO of Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD)

Why We Need You

  • CMSD is Ohio’s second largest school district with nearly 39,000 students. It ranked 602 out of 608 on the most recent Ohio school report card.
  • 83.9% of third graders met Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee and were promoted to 4th grade last year.
  • One in four eighth graders are proficient in English Language Arts, and less than 30% of the district’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders met grade level standards in math.
  • 66% of Cleveland’s residents, ages 16 and up, are functionally illiterate (defined as math, reading, or language skills below a 4th grade level). There are rates as high as 95% in some neighborhoods, including those where City Year’s partner schools are located.

How You Can Make a Difference

In January Cleveland became just the fourth city in the country to be named a Say Yes to Education chapter. The most exciting result of this distinction is this: Beginning with the Class of 2019 any student who graduates from a CMSD high school will be eligible to receive a full tuition scholarship that can be applied to any state secondary institution or 117 private schools in a national compact.

Cleveland is in need of talented and passionate young people to help all students reach their full potential. A big city with a small-town feel, Cleveland offers a wide range of opportunities and entertainment for young people. Now more than ever, Cleveland is a great place for young people to make their mark and generate long-term positive impact in the community. 

Click here to apply to City Year Cleveland today! Spend a year making a difference in young people's lives as a Student Success Coach.

City Year Cleveland AmeriCorps member working with students in a classroom