The Claude Leon Foundation


The idea of City Year was first introduced to South Africa through the association of former Presidents Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. This initial stimulus eventually led to the launch of City Year in 2005, with 120 young volunteers. The three key components of the City Year programme are:


1. Service: City year deploys young people aged between 18 to 25 to provide structured, full-time community service over a period of ten months, largely through service work in primary schools.
2. Learning: City Year provides accredited training to equip participants with the skills to provide quality service, as well as enhance their livelihood opportunities upon completion of the programme
3. Exit Opportunities: City year assists graduates from their programme in securing exit opportunities. These include employment, learnerships, internships, further education, and entrepreneurial opportunities..

Currently, the City year volunteers work in 10 schools around Johannesburg. By providing extra hands and feet in the classroom, City Year makes a significant difference both to educators and learners. The daily service work of City Year volunteers entails providing supervised homework and extra-mural activities. The Claude Leon Foundation has provided and continues to provide significant funding for this project – a major intervention in the critical post-school youth sector. 


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