Citizen Schools First Recipient of Funding from New Organization Life Science Cares

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Boston, MA - Life Science Cares, a new organization that unites the human and financial resources of the life sciences sector in the fight to end poverty in Greater Boston, has selected Citizen Schools as one of its first recipients of a donation to a nonprofit organization. Citizen Schools is a national organization, based in Boston, which partners with middle schools in six states to provide educational enrichment through Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs held during after school hours.

“Citizen Schools is honored to be one of the first recipients of a Life Science Cares gift. Their donation will support our STEM programs for over 1,800 students in Massachusetts,” said Megan Bird, Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts.

“Life Science Cares is excited to work with Citizen Schools as one of our first partners in this new initiative,” said Rob Perez, founder and chairman of Life Science Cares. “We have great respect for the terrific work being done in STEM education by Citizen Schools, and we look forward to continuing the dialog on how we can continue to work together to impact more students in our community.”

This gift will directly support Citizen Schools hands-on STEM programming at our sites in Massachusetts, for the 2016-2017 school year. Students who participate in STEM apprenticeships with Citizen Schools report 80% interest in pursuing a STEM career compared to 33% of students nationwide.  

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About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit

About Life Science Cares

Life Science CaresSM is the Boston area's leader in putting the true good that Life Science companies represent into action-not just for human health, but for human potential. The organization aggregates the human and financial resources of the Life Science Industry, and deploys them to the leading service providers who work on issues related to poverty in the greater Boston area.

More than 60 Life Science leaders and their companies have joined together in this effort. The Life Science Cares board consists of C-suite executives from across the industry, all of whom have pledged their personal commitment to making a difference by covering the administrative costs of the organization, so that every dollar raised goes to fighting poverty in greater Boston. Follow us on Twitter: @LS_Cares and find us on Facebook: Life Sciences Cares.