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Council of Champions

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THE STORY:

Friends,

As a member of Citizen School's Council of Champions, I want to encourage your involvement with this remarkable organization in one of two ways: (1) by considering teaching an apprenticeship to students from low-income families, and/or (2) by considering a donation on this page. I've been involved with Citizen Schools for 7 years (first at a law firm, now at an advertising firm), and teaching students desperately in need of better educational opportunities has been one of the most rewarding experience of my life.

About Citizen Schools:

Although students from all backgrounds aspire to complete college, students from families in the bottom 20% of income are less than 1/10th as likely as those from the top 20% to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24. Three decades of education reform have not evened this playing field. While the causes of this achievement gap are complex, the consequences are clear: millions of young people are falling off the path to educational and economic success, limiting their own upward mobility and preventing the country from realizing its full potential.

Citizen Schools strives to close the achievement gap for low-income middle school students by extending the learning day and filling the additional time with rigorous academic skill-building, hands-on apprenticeship courses, and curricula designed to prepare students to succeed in top-tier high schools and colleges.

By focusing on middle school, we capitalize on a critical developmental period, effectively setting students' sights on high school graduation and college matriculation, while building the skills, beliefs, and networks necessary to reach those goals. Our program is comprised of three main elements:

(1) Academic Support: We provide students with daily homework support and 60-90 minute lessons in math and language arts that are designed to align with state and national standards, and are customized to meet school needs.

(2) Explorations: Citizen Schools takes students on field trips to colleges and workplaces. Our program teaches middle school students about the skills, knowledge, and motivation to succeed in school, college, and career.

(3) Apprenticeships: Once a week, students work alongside professional, adult volunteers from the community who share their passion and expertise in 10-week "apprenticeship" courses that culminate in public celebrations of learning. Working with volunteers from companies and other professionals, students argue mock trials, plant organic gardens, design web pages, compete in soccer tournaments, publish newspapers, video-conference with NASA, race solar cars, and much more.

**HOW YOU CAN HELP**

(1) Teach an apprenticeship!  Bring your skills and knowledge, whatever they might be, to students, either by hosting an apprenticeship at your company, or going to the school directly.  I'd be happy to share my experiences setting up 3 new apprenticehips at Digitas over the past couple years.

(2) Consider a donation on this page. All donations are tax deductible and go directly toward helping Citizen Schools reach more students.

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To This Fundraiser

$800

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Brenda

    $25

  • Mark Young

    $100

  • JMF

    $200

  • Stella

     

  • Rhys & Beatrice

    $25

  • Tyler and Megan

    $250

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    $50

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53% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $15,117 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Jolie Siegel

Amount Raised

$6,517

 

87% Raised of $7,500 Goal

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John Baraniak

Amount Raised

$4,000

 

80% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Todd Eckler

Amount Raised

$3,800

 

76% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Edward Thomas

Amount Raised

$800

 

53% Raised of $1,500 Goal

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Calvin A. Richardson

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Donor Comments

JennyK

JennyK

DONATION: $50

:) Awesomesauce! 3 years ago

Tyler and Megan

Tyler and Megan

DONATION: $250

3 years ago

Rhys & Beatrice

Rhys & Beatrice

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Stella

Stella

Making a difference - making it work. Love this. 3 years ago

JMF

JMF

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Mark Young

Mark Young

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Brenda

Brenda

DONATION: $25

This is terrific! Your generosity is a real inspiration. 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago