Four Things to Know This Spring

Announcing The Biogen Idec Foundation as the first National Innovation Partner

We are proud to announce The Biogen Idec Foundation as our first National Innovation Partner thanks to a generous three-year investment of $1.5 million. The Foundation's support will allow the organization to scale science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming nationally. The Biogen Idec Community Labs in MA and NC have engaged employee volunteers who work side-by-side with students each semester, helping them transform into junior scientists by using the same state-of-the-art equipment and tools that the scientists utilize to discover and create new medicine.

Meet in the Middle: Expanded Learning Summit

Citizen Schools and Higher Achievement are partnering with other leaders in the expanded learning field, including Million Women Mentors, US2020, National Center on Time & Learning, Spark, ExpandED Schools by TASC, and America Forward to host a day-long summit on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Summit will bring together a wide rage of voices--from policy makers to practitioners--to focus on making expanded learning opportunities the new normal for all students. Register, save the date, and add your voice to the discussion here!

New York and New Jersey Regions Merge

We are proud to announce that the New York and New Jersey regions of Citizen Schools have merged into a single regional entity, Citizen Schools New York-New Jersey. This integration, which began February 2 and be completed by July 1 of this year, provides us with a vital opportunity to better serve our current students in both states, and grow to serve more families going forward. As Citizen Schools continues to grow, this reorganization will allow us to continue our successful partnership with you in service of high-quality education for all children — education that provides students with meaningful opportunities to achieve academic success and realize their dreams.  


Upcoming Spring Benefits

Don't miss one of our exciting celebrations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, or California!

20th Anniversary Gala: Celebrating Extraordinary Citizens: To honor Citizen Schools' 20th anniversary year, the organization will celebrate, the Extraordinary Citizens - students, Citizen Schools alumni, teachers, and community leaders - who have made an incredible impact on communities across the country. The gala will be held in Boston, Citizen Schools' founding city, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza on Tuesday, May 12th from 6:30-8:30pm. RSVP here.

3rd Annual Charlotte Celebrating Community Collaboration Benefit: You're invited to celebrate the partnerships that continue to expand opportunities for middle school students in the Charlotte, NC community. The event will take place at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte on Wednesday, April 1st from 8-9:30 am. RSVP here.  

benefitEd 2015: Join us at Tah.Mah.Lah, "America's greenest home," to celebrate learning. Walk through a gallery of student work and connect with the business and community leaders helping to transform the lives of middle school students.  The event will be held at Tah.Mah.Lah in Portola Valley, CA on Thursday, May 7th at 6pm. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.CAbenefitEd.org 

It's Time: Celebrating 20 Years of Citizen Schools

Guest Post from CEO Steven Rothstein

Over the past six months, as I have traveled the country and spoken to students, parents, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows, principals, Citizen Teachers, and supporters, I have heard many stories about your experiences with Citizen Schools. There are many stories about moments in time when a call to action was made, and answered, with tremendous results.

I heard about Eric Schwarz and Ned Rimer who stood up 20 years ago and said: It’s Time to change the way people relate to our schools, and prove that everyone can help to close the opportunity gap for students. That call was the spark that led over 100,000 citizens to impact the lives of over 40,000 students.

I heard about the time, ten years later, when we decided: It’s Time to spread this idea to communities across the country. You answered the call and helped bring Citizen Schools to places like California, North Carolina, Texas, and New York.

I heard about the moment five years ago when we decided: It’s Time to prove that we can help close the opportunity gap for every student at the schools we serve. From that our Expanded Learning Time program was born, and together we proved that more learning time combined with more involved citizens can generate a powerful impact.

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This year, as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, it is my humble belief that we have arrived at another of these moments in time. I believe that because of the passion and commitment I have heard from you. I believe that because I have seen what you have already accomplished. I hope you join me in saying once again: It’s Time. It’s time for Citizen Schools to reach hundreds of thousands of students with our program and our ideas. This will be the challenge of our next 5, 10, and 20 years. I hope you join us in meeting it. If the past is any guide, I’m sure that you will.

In Service,