CITIZEN SCHOOLS Overview
Citizen Schools was founded in 1995 to educate youth, strengthen communitites and bring new solutions to the challenge of young adult education. Citizen Schools uses the out-of-school hours (80% of a child's waking hours) and a high quality apprenticeship learning model to change life trajectories for low-income, middle school children.
In 2009, Citizen Schools operated at forty-four sites, serving almost 5,000 low-income students in twenty school districts across seven states and engaged approximately 4,000 volunteers.
Students are enrolled for the entire school year and participate in an integrated program of skill-building, leadership, and teamwork. Citizen Schools works with students intensively and consistently to build students' academic skills and expand their opportunities.
We mobilize a second shift of afternoon educators, who provide academic support, leadership development, and "apprenticeships"—hands-on projects taught by volunteers from business and civic organizations. At Citizen Schools, students develop the skills they need to succeed in high school, college, the workforce, and civic life.