Our school year 2017-18 footprint:
At Citizen Schools, we are re-imagining the way students learn — in the classroom, beyond the school day, and within our communities.
We connect students with expert volunteers from the community who provide hands-on, project-based learning experiences that connect what they’re learning in school to real-world career pathways. Students explore new fields, learn new skills, and build a foundation for their future.
In our ELT Model, we partner with schools to provide academic support, high school and college pathway programming, and apprenticeships — semester-long courses taught by volunteers.
In this model, we connect a team of adults - including volunteer Citizen Teachers from the community and AmeriCorps members - to provide learning experiences that connects what students are learning in the classroom to real world opportunities.
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Our Catalyst model empowers educators to bring the best of Citizen Schools’ apprenticeships into the traditional school day.
This summer, we began a two-year pilot to develop and test a new approach to classroom instruction - one that pairs teachers with community experts to deliver engaging, real-world projects in middle school classrooms. It's our effort to ensure that all children have access to the deeper learning opportunities they crave, and that all teachers have the supports they need to build the skills and networks of our next generation leaders.
US2020 connects STEM mentors with nonprofit organizations and schools to offer hands-on STEM education and maker-centered learning opportunities for students.
The US2020 City Network is a team of coalition partners that spans 10 cities across the country, and aims to expand to 6 more by the end of this school year through the recently launched STEM Coalition Challenge. US2020 is working to change the trajectory of STEM education in America by dramatically scaling the number of STEM professionals engaged in high-quality STEM mentoring with youth.
Our supporters expand opportunities for our students with the gift of time, resources and advocacy.
Read highlights from a few of our many champions:
We are working at the local, state and national levels to promote programs and policies that impact students across the country.
In 2017, Citizen Schools continued to champion federal investments in afterschool and summer programs, defended national service, and supported innovation through programs such as the Education Innovation and Research program. Collectively, these federal initiatives have served more than eight million students nationally.
Citizen Schools is represented among key policy and advocacy coalitions, such as Voices for National Service; America Forward; Opportunity Nation; and the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development. During the last Congress, we held 63 meetings on Capitol Hill with members of the House and Senate education and appropriations subcommittees, advocating for full funding of national service, afterschool and summer programs, and teacher training and professional development.
Since 2002, nearly 2,000 Citizen Schools AmeriCorps members have served over 3.8 million hours to help re-imagine the learning day and help build the skills of over 45,000 students.
Read stories below from just a few of our AmeriCorps members: