In 2013, there were 120 City Year South Africa service leaders serving full-time in schools across the Guateng District. Working in teams, they spent three days a week in schools, working in classes with teachers, leading after-school programs, and worked with various community organizations to promote the development and maintenance of a positive school climate. In addition, they assisted their schools with the implementation of its feeding scheme, and vegetable garden establishment and maintenance.
Since 2005, City Year South Africa has graduated 1,335 service leaders, 80% of whom have gone on to viable exit opportunities. City Year South Africa has provided service leaders with more than one million hours of leadership and skill development training, and served more than 12,100 students in after-school programming.
Youth unemployment, particularly among the black and colored populations, is one of the primary challenges facing South Africa today. A year of service with City Year South Africa is increasingly being recognized in the employment sector as a career development experience for young South Africans. In 2012, City Year South Africa established partnerships with companies including Mr. Price, Smollen Group, Harambee and Awethu Projects who now hire service leaders post-graduation as a result of their year of service. The exit program of City Year South Africa mobilizes institutions of higher learning, employment agencies, private companies and entrepreneurial development agencies in order to expose service leaders to a variety of options after a year of service. Today, City Year South Africa has a placement rate of 79% for service leaders in exit opportunities after their year of service.