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South Africa's
Leaders of Tomorrow

At City Year, we believe that all learners can succeed and that developing the skills and mindsets of children and young adults contributes to strong, vibrant communities—outcomes that benefit all of us.

The challenge

Many learners lack access to learning environments and resources they need to thrive in school and in life, due to systemic inequities. Many young people lack pathways to meaningful employment. Through a year of service, City Year addresses both of these crucial issues.

What we do

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Supporting learners & schools

City Year South Africa service leaders serve in schools and education sites to prepare learners with the social, emotional and academic skills and mindsets to succeed in school and in life.

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Developing civic leaders

City Year service leaders not only make a difference in the lives of learners they serve, but also acquire valuable skills that help them and prepare them to be leaders in their communities and their careers.

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Providing a pathway to work

City Year serves as a pathway to the world of work for service leaders.

Our impact

Together, we're creating positive, responsive and welcoming learning environments where learners can thrive.

Our service partners

Learn more about our partners across Gauteng


Celebrating their 10th year anniversary, City Year South Africa's aim is to equip young volunteers with skills & opportunities.

Read more about LeadSA: Raising a generation of young people who know their value [CapeTalk]

Bank of America becomes the first corporate sponsor to invest in City Year teams in the US, UK and South...

Read more about City Year and Bank of America announce expanded partnership

An interview on Mandela's impact on City Year South Africa's Executive Director, Daylene van Buuren

Read more about Mandela's role in bringing Boston-based City Year to South Africa [WBUR]

Partnering with City Year

If you share our values and belief in the transformative power of service, there are a variety of ways to partner with City Year South Africa.

Our leadership

Our leaders come from diverse backgrounds, including those who have served as City Year service leaders. But all of them are committed to addressing educational inequity in our schools and communities.

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Service Partners
  • Sekwati primary school logo
  • Tshilidzi Primary school logo
  • Zola Higher Primary School logo
  • Paul Mosaka primary school logo
  • Lyndhurst primary school logo
  • Mikateka logo
  • Rebonwe Primary School logo
Amathuba Partners
  • Camp Sizanani logo
  • Phakamani young minds logo
  • WestRand Youth Development logo
  • Timberland South Africa Logo
  • Aggatu logo