About Our Work

About Our Work

Teach What you Know in Durham

Apprenticeships are the centerpiece of Citizen Schools’ strategy to engage middle school students in active learning. Students work alongside Citizen Teachers who share their passion, expertise, and professionalism over a 10-week period. Through apprenticeships students learn the skills necessary for success in the 21st century, including programming, science, technology and a host of other subjects.

Citizen Schools is growing rapidly is Durham, and the need for volunteers is great.

Volunteer Story

Students work on a circuit board

Electrical Engineering

Volunteers from EMC decided to teach students about the guts of the modern age by teaching them about electric circuits, circuit component function, circuit board design and assembly. Students used their new skills to create an arcade game, and even put their knowledge to work for their school by building a noise-level indicator.


Together We Make an Impact

Citizen Schools partners with businesses and other organizations to bring volunteers into the lives of students. We’re proud to work with EMC, Fidelity Investments, Cisco, and others to bring exciting subjects like finance, engineering, and environmental science to students in the Durham.

If your company or organization wants to partner with Citizen Schools please contact Jin Ellington at

When & Where

3 Months → 1 Afternoon a Week → 90 Minutes an Afternoon

Citizen Schools apprenticeships run for three months twice a year, once in the Fall semester and once in the Spring semester. View an outline of the apprenticeship process.

We offer our program at Lowe’s Grove and Neal Middle Schools in Durham.

  • Questions?

    Need to know more about becoming a Citizen Teacher? Please review our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us and a real person will get in touch with you.

    You can also find out more about apprenticeships at our national website.

  • What Can I Teach?

    You can teach anything from Finance to Science & Technology.

    Explore all of our available curriculum in our curriculum library. You can also teach any subject you're familiar with, see our What Will You Teach? section for suggestions, or explore to see what other Citizen Teachers have taught.

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