Students learn landscaping from a volunteer Citizen Teacher

Apprenticeships engage middle school students in active learning and bring new role models to students’ lives.

  • Students discover new fields alongside adult volunteers—Citizen Teachers—who bring their expertise to life.
  • The hands-on curricula, either pre-written or created anew, link academic skills (aligned with common core standards) to college and career success
  • Projects build “21st Century Skills”: communication, collaboration, data analysis, advanced literacy, global awareness, effective reasoning, problem solving, innovation and technology
  • Students create and present an end product—what we call a WOW!—to share what they’ve learned with families, teachers, public officials, community members, and business leaders.