BENEFITING: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
ORGANIZER: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
Friends, I need your help.
Each of us has a cause that we are passionate about, and as many of you already know, mine is Citizen Schools. For over ten years now I have been teaching a once-a-week apprenticeship in the law to Boston public middle schoolers, many of who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. One group of those kids is pictured in the photo above.
Each week the kids show up at Choate excited just to be downtown in the Financial District, ride an elevator, sit in a conference room and be part of a professional setting. They learn how to be lawyers, and at the end of the semester present a case in a mock trial at the federal courthouse before a real judge and jury. In the process they are transformed from shy, awkward teenagers who couldn't imagine speaking in front of a courtroom full of strangers, to articulate and zealous advocates. It is inspiring to see them gain self-confidence and see their eyes open to possibilities they didn't realize were open to them.
The good, important, and effective work Citizen Schools does would not be possible with the generous financial support of people like you. A donation in any amount would be most appreciated. You can read more about Citizen Schools, if you want, below. Thank you for your consideration.
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Massachusetts Council of Champions
The Massachusetts Council of Champions is an advocacy board of engaged Citizen Schools supporters who serve as intellectual, social, and financial champions of our work. The Council works to connect more peers and colleagues to the mission of Citizen Schools through volunteer recruitment, events and promotion.
This year, Citizen Schools is serving over 1,400 students at 6 schools in Boston and Chelsea, and relies greatly on the creativity, energy, and hard work of our Council members to recruit volunteers and fundraise for our mission.
What is Citizens for Citizens Schools?
Citizens for Citizens Schools (C4CS) is an annual grassroots campaign in which Citizen Schools champions and staff members and our supporters commit to raising funds by sharing our mission with their friends, family and colleagues.
About Citizen Schools:
Although students from all backgrounds aspire to complete college, students from families in the bottom income quartile are less than a tenth as likely as those from the top quartile to earn a bachelor’s degree by age 24 (8% vs. 82%). Three decades of education reform have not evened the playing field; in fact, new evidence indicates that “the achievement gap between children from high- and low-income families is roughly 30 to 40 percent larger among children born in 2001 than among those born twenty-five years earlier." 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’ mission is to educate children and to strengthen communities. Citizen Schools strives to close the achievement and opportunity gaps 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 curriculum designed to prepare students to succeed in top-tier high schools and colleges.
Citizen Schools works with middle school students at a critical point in their educational trajectory. We help to fill in "the missing middle" between efforts focused on school readiness for young children and those aimed at drop-out prevention for high school students. By focusing on middle school, we capitalize on this critical developmental period and inflection point, effectively setting students' sights on high school graduation and college matriculation, while building the skills, beliefs and networks they will need to reach those goals. Our program is comprised of three main elements that provide comprehensive support to struggling middle school students.
Academic Support: We provide students with daily homework support and 60-90 minute lessons in English Language Arts and math that are designed to align with state and national standards, and are customized to meet school needs.
Explorations: Citizen Schools takes students are 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.
Apprenticeships: Twice each week, students work alongside professional, adult volunteers from the community who share their passion and expertise in 11-week "apprenticeship" courses that culminate in public celebrations of learning (the "WOW!") and give students the opportunity to give back to their community. Working with volunteers from companies and universities, students argue mock trials, plant organic gardens, build web pages for their schools, compete in soccer tournaments, publish community newspapers, video-conference with NASA, race solar cars and much more.