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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy, Youth Development - Business, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country.

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.


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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a Citizen Schools student. We love this program. It has helped him both academically and socially. I am forever greatful for the opportunities Citizen Schools has provided my son.

3 Arelis

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Citizen Schools program is EXCELLENT!

MS 331 got a first class team from the Citizen Schools program. I commend everyone connected to this program for an exceptional scholastic year not only my daughter but for all of the students participated this 2010-2011 school year.