City Year is a non-profit organisation that unites a diverse group of young people in a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors and role models, these diverse young leaders help children in schools and communities across Johannesburg, as well as through our international affiliates in the United States and England.
The idea of City Year was introduced to South Africa through the association of former presidents Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. Hosting a conference on Civil Society in Cape Town in 2001, Mandela extended an invitation to Clinton, who accepted and brought along a delegation from the US, which included representatives from City Year Inc. It was after this conference that dialogue started about a possible City Year in South Africa.
Since its inception in 2005 City Year South Africa has graduated over 1700 Service Leaders who collectively engaged over 20 000 children through after-school programs and various other projects. In total these Service Leaders have completed over 1 million hours of service.