A bunch of weird and interesting young people most of them students that want the scholarship to pay up loans or continue education, that are exploited and overworked in nonsensical projects that "help''the community.
some of these turn to alcohol or drugs while secretly helping other kids not to take them...
"city year chicago boy '' damn thats cool but here in chicago we actually help the kids man!
Informally, City Year is a bunch of sleep-deprived college kids, who are a dangerous combination of directionless and strong-minded, drive big, unmarked, white vans to schools, and prance and dance on a regular basis in very obvious locations. They are renowned for drinking too much metaphoric Kool-aid; when they're drinking real Kool-aid, it's made from a mix they bought using food stamps.
Oddly enough, people seem to really appreciate having bunches of teenagers dressed in City Year's trademark red (or yellow) jackets hanging around.
This is likely due to the fact that City Year members get a crapload more positive work done than a fair chunk of the people who get all the credit in the nation, at about 1/23984th the salary.
"Is that Kool-aid on your breath?"