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March 31, 2016
BENEFITING: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
ORGANIZER: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
I'd like to encourage you to support Citizen Schools, an organization working to close the well-documented educational achievement gap between students in low-income communities and their peers. This isn't *just* a fundraising appeal. There are so many ways to get involved, including by:
(1) volunteering individually, on a one-off basis or longer term;
(2) getting your employer to sponsor a 10-week apprenticeship; and
(3) making a tax-deductible donation at the link on this page.
ABOUT CITIZEN SCHOOLS:
Citizen Schools works by extending the learning day for public middle school students and filling the time with rigorous academic instruction. The 3 main elements are:
(1) Academic Support: We provide students with daily homework support and 60-90 minutes of additional instruction in math and language arts, customized to meet school needs.
(2) Apprenticeships: Once a week, students work alongside professional, adult volunteers (like you!) who share their expertise in 10-week "apprenticeships". Working with these "citizen" volunteers, students argue mock trials (in Federal Court!), learn to code, race solar cars, plant organic gardens, design marketing strategies, compete in rugby tournaments, act in plays, publish newspapers, video-conference with NASA, and much more.
(3) Exploration: Citizen Schools takes students on field trips to colleges and workplaces, exposing them to the opportunities beyond high school.
This year, Citizen Schools is serving over 1,400 low-income students in the Boston and Chelsea Public Schools, and is also active in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and other cities.
If you're interested in giving back to this fantastic organization, please get in touch with me directly. There are easy ways to get involved initially, like attending a 2-hour career fair to share your experiences. And of course, any donation to this fundraiser is appreciated.
My Involvement with Citizen Schools
I have been involved with Citizen Schools since 2007. I have worked with numerous students as part of the Legal Apprenticeship program at WilmerHale. This is my third year serving on the Citizen Schools MA 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.