City Year’s collection of founding stories embodies our idealistic culture. The Founding Stories represent the collective civic values that guide City Year, set the organization on course, and remind us of the most fundamental motivations for our work.

We invite you to read our Founding Stories and learn more about the values that serve as the foundation for our work*:

Be the Change
The Beloved Community
The Bridge Builder
Cathedral Building
Everybody Can Be Great
It Takes a Village
It’s in Your Hands
The Lighthouse
The Long Walk
Love and Joy
Never Doubt
Night Into Day
The Rabbi’s Gift
Sand Into Diamonds
Seven Generations
The Starfish Story
Stone Soup
The Traveler
Up the River