Want to make a difference in the life of a child?

The folks at City Year, a Boston-based nonprofit, are focused on doing just that – and they could use your help to #MakeBetterHappen.

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.”

How do they do this?

According to Boston.com, “City Year recruits young people largely between the ages of 17 and 24 to help students from the third to ninth grade to stay in school and not drop out. City Year’s mantra to recruits: ‘Give a year. Change the World.’”

More specifically, they:

  • Provide one-on-one or small group tutoring before, during and after school
  • Lead energetic morning greetings, make attendance and positive phone calls home and lead mentor groups
  • Organize and lead activities, celebrations and projects to improve the community and school environment

And Allen & Gerritsen, the group’s new agency, announced a new Twitter campaign designed to get the word out:

City Year has created its own hashtag [#makebetterhappen] and has invited its 2,500 corps members to contribute their stories of service and everyday impact they are having while working with students in high-need urban schools.  These authentic stories crowdsourced from social content will fuel future creative executions.

Now check out their wall to see all the tweets from people who #MakeBetterHappen!

Bet you want to be a mentor now, right?

To participate, you must:

  • Have a college degree or have attended some college, have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to dedicate 10 months to full-time service
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 24
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
  • Have served no more than 3 terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC or VISTA program
  • Agree to a background or security check

Previous experiences with service, tutoring, mentoring and leadership help strengthen candidacy.

But you’re not in Boston? That’s okay – there are many other ways to give. Please check out their website and help spread the word.

(Logo image from @CityYear)