Shared Values — a cause and an action.
Mission: Citizen Schools' strives to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for middle school students in low-income communities. By providing hands-on learning opportunities with volunteer professionals in their fields of expertise, we bring academics to life and inspire students with real-world learning. We aim move students onto a success track and empower them with the tools and skills they need to graduate high school ready to achieve their dreams of succeeding in college and a career.
About: Citizen Schools is dedicated to helping all children discover and achieve their dreams.
We mobilize a team to enable public middle schools in low-income communities to provide a longer learning day rich with opportunities. Our deep partnerships with schools put young adults on track to succeed by connecting the resources of communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies.
The opportunity gap
There is a critical gap in education. But it isn't an "achievement gap" as the media often describes it. It's an opportunity gap.
Students in upper-income families spend 300 more hours each year with adults than do the three million students in lower-income families. Upper-income students also benefit from almost $8,000 worth of enrichment activities yearly-robotics camp, piano lessons, academic tutoring, and more.
We can close this gap, and help these three million students discover and achieve their dreams, by connecting students who want to learn and adults who have something to teach…families with big dreams and volunteers with big hearts…visionary school leaders and a non-profit with a proven model…citizens and schools.
We can fill children's afternoons with the kinds of moments of discovery that the nation's most privileged parents don't think twice about paying for.
An innovative model
Citizen Schools teachers become a special part of schools' faculty, and are made up of passionate AmeriCorps members, aspiring educators, and community volunteers driven to fill afternoons with inspiring learning experiences.
Partner Since: 2016
Founders (year established): Gage Cass Woodle & Donald Klein (2010)