BENEFITING: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
On Saturday, May 20th, I will be running the Brooklyn Half Marathon in support of Citizen Schools, a nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools across the United States to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. As the son of two Pittsburgh public school teachers, I have witnessed firsthand the opportunity gap that exists in our public education system. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be more than 1.3 million jobs in the technology sector alone by the year 2020. With only 3% of Latinos and African Americans anticipated to graduate with a degree in STEM today, these dismal statistics indicate a discouraging trend for future career opportunities and the economic mobility of underrepresented populations. At Citizen Schools, we believe that all students have the potential to discover a love of learning that will inspire and prepare them to succeed in high school, college, and subsequent careers. Through Citizen Schools’ apprenticeship program, students gain access to expert scientists, engineers, and coders who provide instruction that is relevant and illuminate new STEM related career paths. Donation Impact Your monetary contributions translate into direct impact! • $250 | Helps provide a new solar car construction kit for 15 students who are exploring alternative energy applications in their apprenticeship class. • $100 | Helps reward 25 students with a WOW! Pizza Party as they celebrate their hard work and lessons learned during their apprenticeships. • $75 | Helps nurture professional growth and development for AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows to further their impact in the classroom with students and volunteer Citizen Teachers. • $25 | New pencils and paper are the foundational tools to turn inspiration into action. Help fund new classroom supplies for 10 students to capture precious moments of discovery. Thanks in advance for your generosity and support!