BENEFITING: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
Please support Citizen Schools, a fantastic non-profit aimed at closing the learning gap in urban schools, in Boston and elsewhere in the US. Over the next decade, 60% of jobs will require a college education—yet more than a million young people fail to graduate from high school each year, and more than 20% of those who enroll in college require remediation. Although three million STEM job openings are expected by 2018, less than 3% of African Americans and Latinos earn a degree in the sciences by age 24. The path to the workforce begins in the middle grades. Concrete goals can inspire achievement; 8th grade students who believe that their desired career requires a college education are more likely to complete college, and students who express interest in a STEM career at this age are more likely to graduate with a STEM degree. On the other hand, students who go off track in middle school often struggle to recover; 6th grade students who attended school less than 80% of the time, received a poor final behavior mark, or failed math or English had less than a 25% chance of graduating from high school. Citizen Schools partners with public schools to set students in the middle grades on a path to success in high school, college, and the workforce. Our expanded day programs add more than 400 hours to the school year through a proven combination of hands-on, career-oriented apprenticeships led by volunteers, targeted academic support, and college and career readiness programming in order to equip students with the skills, motivation, and community connections that drive long-term success. Thanks for any contribution you can make!