Christian Science Monitor: Eric Schwarz and Citizen Schools give inner-city kids a leg up

Christian Science Monitor

Eric Schwarz and Citizen Schools give inner-city kids a leg up

January 11, 2012

Eric Schwarz, CEO and Co-founder of Citizen Schools, is featured in the Christian Science Monitor as a “Difference Maker.” The piece highlights the organization’s progression over the last 18 years under Schwarz’s leadership. Citizen Schools has seen success nationally including school and student improvement, a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiative, and recent work with the White House to develop “a national model in which top Silicon Valley companies would encourage their employees to put 20 or more hours a year into volunteering with kids.”

“I’ve seen the Citizen Schools project within some of our most challenged schools and really seen that program play a role in the turnaround of some of those schools,” says Mitchell Chester, the Massachusetts commissioner of elementary and secondary education. “I believe they played a substantial part in those turnarounds.”

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