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.
I have had the privilege of working as a volunteer with Citizen Schools as well as partnering with them on a number of projects in a corporate environment. Simply put, the are the cream of the crop. They understand strategy and what is needed long-term in order to increase STEM proficiency in America. Tactically, they are on the ground floor, providing the daily support needed to enhance student achievement. I've witnessed their 8th Grade Academy as well as their WOW! programs (visit YouTube to see some of the WOW! events); Citizen Schools engages students in a very powerful manner. I highly recommend supporting Citizen Schools by volunteering or financially.