BENEFITING: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
ORGANIZER: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
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.