BENEFITING: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
ORGANIZER: CITIZEN SCHOOLS INC
Stop and think for a minute about all of the experiences your parents provided for you or that you have provided for your own kids: music, art, or swimming lessons, help with homework, tutors, trips to the workplace, museums, or cultural events. Now imagine growing up without any of those things. Sadly, there are a lot of kids today from disadvantaged backgrounds who do just that. I've been involved with Citizen Schools for over a decade now, having taught more than a dozen apprenticeships, and, as a member of its Massachusetts Council of Champions, having raised money and recruited volunteers. Many of you have generously supported Citizen Schools in the past, and for that, I thank you. Unfortunately, the "opportunity gap" between these disadvantaged Boston middle school students and their suburban counterparts, though narrowing through Citizen Schools' efforts, persists, and so Citizen Schools' work to help bridge that gap goes on. Once again I am asking for your help in this important work. A financial contribution will help Citizen Schools provide the additional academic support of an extended school day to thousands of students and expose them to opportunities, professions, and subjects they otherwise might not learn about. I've included some very basic information about Citizen Schools below. Much more can be found on its website: www.citizenschools.org.
Thank you for your past support and current consideration.
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 out of 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.
This year, Citizen Schools is serving over 1,400 high need students in Boston and Chelsea Public Schools. To support our continued growth in Greater Boston, Citizen Schools has relied greatly on the creativity, energy, and hard work of the Council members to recruit more apprenticeships and volunteers into the classroom.