Formally, City Year is a nonprofit Americorps organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a demanding year of full-time service. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these idealistic leaders make a difference in the lives of children, and transform schools and neighborhoods across the US and in South Africa.

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.
"I was once a depressed and unacademic middle school youth, but ever since those City Year guys showed up, I have learned to be the change I wish to see in my community!"
"Is that Kool-aid on your breath?"
by A Beloved Community Member February 09, 2008
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its a ""non profit"" that profits from other corporations that believe in the failed efficiency of the organization to rescue the kids from the streets of different popular cities and keep them in schools to get fake or maybe really A's to prove again that the organization is working the way it should.

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...
ity year miami kid'' yeah men city year miami is the shiiit we get payed and then we party hard in the weekends till monday lol
"city year chicago boy '' damn thats cool but here in chicago we actually help the kids man!
by anonymous city year fan December 03, 2010
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