Massachusetts

Citizen Schools Students Participate in iD Tech Camp and Meet the Patriots!

Citizen Schools Students Participate in iD Tech Camp and Meet the Patriots!

This summer, five Citizen Schools students from the East Somerville Community School, Winter Hill Community Innovation School and Trotter Innovation School were given the opportunity to participate in an iD Tech Camp at Bentley University. Our students spent a week engaging in hands-on STEM courses like coding mobile apps and building a computer that they were able to take home. The funding for our students’ enrollment in the camp was provided by the Patriots social justice grants. On July 26th, camp participants and family members headed to Gillette Stadium, where they were able to watch the Patriots practice.

To see more, check out the Patriots’ coverage of the day here.

Massachusetts Staff Spotlights

Massachusetts Staff Spotlights

This summer, Citizen Schools Massachusetts was excited to welcome two new staff members to our team! Ani and Shanay jumped right in as leaders during summer Teaching Fellow training, and both have already proven to be incredible assets to our organization. Read on below to learn more about their diverse backgrounds and positions at Citizen Schools.

Campus Roundup: Back to School Highlights

Campus Roundup: Back to School Highlights

This year, Citizen Schools Massachusetts welcomed eight returning and six new AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows (TFs). This year’s TFs come from a diverse range of personal and professional experiences, united by their deep commitment to public service and social justice for the 300+ students we are serving at our three partner middle schools in Somerville.

East Somerville students speak out against rising rents

East Somerville students speak out against rising rents

“Dear Mayor Curtatone,

I'm a student at the East Somerville Community School. I live in Somerville and I think affordable housing is important because people and families are losing their homes because rents are raising more than usual. [...] Kids’ best friends have to leave and move apart due to un-affordable housing. Please fix this issue. If you do, thanks.”

-Emily, 5th grade

Biogen Foundation partners with Citizen Schools to expand STEM apprenticeships in Somerville and Cambridge

Biogen Foundation partners with Citizen Schools to expand STEM apprenticeships in Somerville and Cambridge

In June of 2018, Citizen Schools was awarded a $2M grant from the Biogen Foundation as part of the foundation's recently announced STAR Initiative.  As one of six recipients of the STAR (Science, Teacher Support, Access and Readiness) Initiative, funding will allow Citizen Schools to expand work in Somerville and Cambridge. One of the goals of this initiative is to show the impact that can be made when corporations partner with nonprofits, districts and communities so that other major corporations. Through this work, they hope to encourage other corporations to develop more of a partnership with their educational communities to provide more sustainable programs for children. The grantees from Star Network participated in an end-of-the-year STAR Initiative Showcase and Celebration on May 23rd at Lesley University to share the amazing work that was done over the past year.   

Somerville Middle Schoolers Present to City Council on Affordable Housing

Somerville Middle Schoolers Present to City Council on Affordable Housing

When five young women stepped up to present to the City Council on affordable housing, they demonstrated kids really are the future.

At the Somerville City Council’s May 23 full council meeting, five middle school students from the East Somerville Community School (ESCS) stepped up to share their research and thoughts on affordability in Somerville.

Jennifer Eliezer AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow Wins Fulbright Award, Will Teach in Costa Rica

Jennifer Eliezer AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow Wins Fulbright Award, Will Teach in Costa Rica

Many of our AmeriCorps members go on to achieve many accomplishments but the news of Jennifer Eliezer, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow at Young Achievers in Mattapan, receiving the Fullbright Foreign Scholarship Award to teach abroad in Costa Rica, was beyond exciting. In her time here with Citizen Schools, Jennifer has built great connections with her students and we couldn’t be any more excited follow her journey.

Igniting Moments of Discovery at Citizen Schools’ WOW!NOW Breakfast

On Friday, April, 26th, Citizen Schools staff & students, families, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows, corporate and community partners came together to celebrate the inspiring and hard work of middle school  students, volunteer Citizen Teachers and AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows for our annual WOW!NOW Breakfast fundraising event.

SPLATs: A Revolutionary Encounter Between Education, Technology, Fitness and Fun

SPLATs: A Revolutionary Encounter Between Education, Technology, Fitness and Fun

As each SPLATs lit up with different colors, so did the faces of our students who beamed with pride, joy, and curiosity as they began their unique SPLATs journey. SPLATs is a remarkable tool that exposed students to various STEM careers and academic pathways as they sharpened their skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. SPLATs didn’t just keep the students moving intellectually, they also were able to exercise physically. Some games focused on trivia, and others were speed-based competitions or obstacle courses. “Giraffes and Leaves” a game created by Mahdiat and Makayla allowed students to imagine they were in a safari, crawling over and around SPLATs as they ‘gathered leaves’ with their heads.

“Do You Need to Talk?” Simple ways to tap into the mental health of our students

“Do You Need to Talk?” Simple ways to tap into the mental health of our students

I am an educator. I am not a psychiatrist nor a trained mental health professional, but in my role as a Citizen Schools Teaching Fellow it’s my job to show students I care. The students I work with are between 13 and 15 years old. They have complex feelings and emotions and I seek to treat them as such, as opposed to “just kids” that don’t know any better. When I am supporting students in their classes, I often ask “how are you?” and mean it genuinely.

Citizen Schools Employee Spotlight: Vanessa Bishop

Citizen Schools Employee Spotlight: Vanessa Bishop

This month our employee spotlight goes to Vanessa Bishop, Regional Director of the Massachusetts region. When asked where she gets her inspiration from she had this to say, “My faith and students. When I think about both of them, they give me a purpose to keep going when things are challenging. My faith reminds me that there is a bigger purpose in everything that I do.  On the same note, our students our the center of all the work and they deserve the best we can give. “

Citizen Schools Hires Kathryn Gabriele as New Campus Director at East Somerville Community School

Citizen Schools Hires Kathryn Gabriele as New Campus Director at East Somerville Community School

Citizen Schools, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Boston, is pleased to announce Kathryn Gabriele has been named the Campus Director at the East Somerville Community School. As Campus Director, she will oversee Citizen Schools out-of-school time programming at East Somerville Community School, where she will work with a team of AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows and school administrative staff to provide hands-on learning experiences, taught in partnership with local volunteers, for students.  

An Evening of Mock Trial for Students in Citizen Schools Massachuetts

An Evening of Mock Trial for Students in Citizen Schools Massachuetts

On Tuesday, December 11th, Citizen Schools Massachusetts students from the Trotter Innovation School, East Somerville Community School and Orchard Gardens K-8 schools got the chance showcase all that they have learned and practiced in a Mock Trial at the Moakley Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Demetrius Wilson

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Demetrius Wilson

At Citizen Schools, no role is more essential to the success of our students than that of the AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow. Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellows create extraordinary enrichment and academic support experiences for the students we serve the nation. On a daily basis, Fellows deepen connections between schools and parents, help to develop social-emotional skills through mentoring and coaching students, and facilitate hands-on learning opportunities through our apprenticeships.

Brenda Pulgarin: From Student to Alumni Leadership Council Champion

Brenda Pulgarin: From Student to Alumni Leadership Council Champion

Brenda Pulgarin was a  2018 summer intern at the Citizen Schools headquarters in Boston, serving on the External Engagement team. Her role consisted of analyzing volunteer survey responses and updating contact records in our database. Brenda attended the Edwards Middle School and is now a sophomore at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science.

Somerville Program Expands with Local Support

Somerville Program Expands with Local Support

Thanks to local support from the Biogen STAR Initiative as well as from the All Points North Foundation, this fall we are bringing our signature apprenticeship program to more middle school students than ever within the Somerville Public School District.

CSMA Campus Round-Up 2018-19

CSMA Campus Round-Up 2018-19

Citizen Schools MA is proud to be partnering with 7 schools this year, including 2 launch campuses and 1 new district. Our team of 12 Campus Leaders and 73 Teaching Fellows are now serving over 1,700 students in the region.

Deanna Christmas: Citizen Schools Opens a World of Possibility

Deanna Christmas: Citizen Schools Opens a World of Possibility

Deanna Christmas was a 2018 summer high school interns at the Citizen Schools headquarters in Boston on the Civic Engagement team. Her role consists of helping recruit volunteers for the apprenticeships and to support in ensuring that all the supplies are were ready for the upcoming semester of apprenticeships. Deanna attended the Browne Middle School and is now a sophomore at Chelsea High School. Here is her story.

Benjamin Erazo: Real World Learning Experiences Inspire Passion for Business & Stocks

Benjamin Erazo: Real World Learning Experiences Inspire Passion for Business & Stocks

Benjamin Erazo was a 2018 summer intern at Citizen Schools headquarters in Boston. As a member of the Technology team, he was responsible for helping repair computers and assisting the tech team solve any problems. Benjamin attended the Browne Middle School in Chelsea, MA, and is now a sophomore at Chelsea High School.