BENEFITING: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
ORGANIZER: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
Please join me in supporting Citizen Schools! My efforts are part of a critical campaign to raise the funds necessary to allow Citizen Schools to scale in Greater Boston and nationally. This year, Citizen Schools is serving over 1,500 students at seven schools in Boston, Chelsea and Salem. Citizen Schools relies greatly on the creativity, energy and hard work of our Council members to recruit volunteers and fundraise for our mission of closing opportunity and achievement gaps, and ensuring that all children graduate high school ready to succeed in college and careers.
I have seen the benefits of Citizen Schools' amazing programs firsthand. For the past four years, I have had the privilege of teaching in Choate's mock trial apprenticeship. Each semester, students bring their excitement and enthusiasm to our law firm to learn about the American judicial system and to get the chance to practice their skills before a real judge and jury at the federal courthouse. While I love watching my students perform in the mock trial at the end of each semester, it is the work in the "classroom" that makes Citizen Schools so special. Introducing students to the opportunities available with a college and graduate education encourages them to set goals and hold themselves to high standards. I am extremely proud to be part of this inspiring organization.
I have included some very basic information about Citizen Schools below. Much more can be found on its website:www.citizenschools.org.
Some basic Info about Citizen Schools
Established in Boston in 1995, 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 is serving high-need schools and communities in Greater Boston. Last year, four outof six of our schools were ranked among the 20% lowest performing schools statewide. In Massachusetts, our school partners - located in Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, and Roxbury -are serving populations that have significant challenges to overcome, including poverty, exposure to violence, instability in housing, and access to health care. U.S. census data shows that roughly 26% of families with children are living below the poverty level and nearly double are receiving income support, struggling to meet their children’s basic needs.
Citizen Schools has produced demonstrable results. Students who participated graduated at a higher rate and more on time than those who didn't participate and were more likely to attend and graduate from college.
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.