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A Funder Looks to an After-School Program to Nurture a New Generation of Inventors

Invention-based innovations hold enormous potential to improve people’s lives, create new jobs and industries, and provide the spark that propels economic development. Economist Joseph Schumpeter, writing in the early 20th century, saw invention as a crucial first step in a process of innovation that disrupts the economic status quo and drives development. Unfortunately, inventors face…

People On the Move – Spotlight: Megan Bird

MEGAN BIRD Executive Director, Citizen Schools, Boston Prior Job? Regional managing director, Citizen Schools, Boston. In this role, Bird oversaw school partnerships, program implementation at each school site and volunteer recruitment. Professional achievement? “My team! As regional managing director, I hired and developed an amazingly talented and diverse team that I now get to lead…

Citizen Schools Announces Two New Members of its National Board of Directors

Citizen Schools today is naming Gerry McGraw, Chief Financial Officer of Fidelity Investments, and Laura DeBonis, an independent consultant, to its National Board of Directors.  Citizen Schools is a national non-profit that partners with middle schools in six states to provide an expanded learning day for students in low income communities to help bridge the…

Lemelson Foundation Awards Grant for Citizen Schools’ Invention Apprenticeship Project

Citizen Schools is pleased to announce it has received a two-year grant from theLemelson Foundation to support Citizen Schools’ inclusion of invention education in its national apprenticeship initiative. The grant, totaling just under $500,000, is the second the foundation has provided to Citizen Schools—a national non-profit focused on enriching the education of middle school students…

Anti-Poverty Warriors

When I stepped into the shiny, anti-septic marble lobby of the Marriott that sunny July Tuesday. I had no idea what awaited me. I glanced up from my phone long enough to smile at the receptionist and collect my room key, but then resumed my oh-so-urgent text conversation with my then-boyfriend about the merits of…