As volunteer mentors, they become tutors and role models to children from disadvantaged communities, helping with academic attainment, behaviour, attendance and well-being.
The volunteers have an impact on children’s lives, but City Year also has an impact on the volunteers – helping develop their own personal and professional skills for their future careers. In its first ten years, around 1,300 young people have taken part in a City Year in the UK.
Forge work with City Year and our team of inspirational young people (Team Nala) represents a considerable and unique extra resource at Forge. As ‘near peer’ role models and tutors, our volunteer mentors complement the work of teachers and become an integral and flexible part of everyday school life.
City Year has the time to build trust with individual students, to coach them and to show them what they are capable of. The volunteers aim to bring joy to learning and inspire high aspirations and standards across the whole Academy.
The City Year team produce regular impact reports for us to better understand their work and to ensure we are using them in the most productive way. We've shared the latest report below and we hope that you agree with us that their time and efforts are incredibly well spent and appreciated by all.