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Citizen Schools Transforms Google’s NYC Headquarters into Innovative School

It is impossible to envision a life without Google, which has become about as essential to our daily routines as brushing our teeth and drinking water. In fact, you may have found your way to this article via their search engine. Yet, while you may know Google mostly for their search engine, at Citizen Schools we know them best for their Citizen Teachers. Google, responsible for ushering in the next chapter in web innovation, is now paving the way for our nation’s future leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.

This spring, for the first time ever, Google will transform its New York City headquarters into a cutting edge educational institution by opening its doors to 230 sixth grade students from the Bronx and East Harlem.  Students will engage in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the opportunity to participate in authentic apprenticeships with Google volunteers at their offices. Forty-nine Google employees are stepping up to become Citizen Teachers, bringing learning to life by sharing their profession and their passion with students.

Google is anything but new to Citizen Schools. Last fall, Google taught 22 apprenticeships nationally, more than any other national partner, contributing 3,320 hours through the work of 83 Citizen Teachers. Still, this marks the first time students will be working alongside volunteers at Google’s New York offices every week where they can put their learning into practice.

Torrence Boone, Managing Director of Agency Business Development and new board member with Citizen Schools New York, played an integral role in engaging a large number of Googlers in Citizen Schools. “We are so excited to start the next chapter of our partnership with Citizen Schools this spring. I am so grateful for the leadership of close to fifty of our talented staff who will together volunteer over 1,900 hours of their time,” said Mr. Boone. He went on to say that through this relationship, “Local middle school students will come to our office to learn the science of robotics, the math behind web design, the business of marketing, the art of healthy eating, or anything Googlers are inspired to teach.”

Check out the advertising campaign Google put together to reach these ground breaking numbers below.