This past week, I had the opportunity to sit with a group of rising Boston 9th grader girls, who were both graduates of our 8th Grade Academy program and summer interns at Citizen Schools. We gathered to talk about their experience with us and the ways in which Citizen Schools is – and isn’t yet – fulfilling its promise to help middle school students launch confidently into their high school years.
In partnership with Bank of America and the San Francisco Giants, 9 students from Citizen Schools were able to go on to the field and take positions on base before the game for the Kids Take the Field event. On top of that, students were able to meet the players while out on the field, an experience the students said that they would never forget.
For the past 10 weeks, I have been inspired by the future engineers, doctors, veterinarians and artists of the Bay Area. At week one they may have seemed like your average middle schooler, but by week 10, it was made clear – they are the remarkable Girls for a Change (GFAC).
Saratoga resident Bob France was among the President’s Volunteer Service Awards recipients, winning the silver award along with 83 others across the country.
France was recognized for his work as a citizen teacher with the national nonprofit Citizen Schools, which requires him to spend hours each week sharing his expertise in his field with middle school students in low-income communities.