AmeriCorps

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.

Celebrating our members for AmeriCorps Week

Celebrating our members for AmeriCorps Week

AmeriCorps Week is a time to salute our AmeriCorps members and alumni for their service!

It is a time to say ‘Thank You’  to our AmeriCorps community partners, and communicate AmeriCorps’ impact on communities and on the lives of those we serve. Each year during AmeriCorps Week, Citizen Schools and the Corporation for National and Community Service recognizes the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alumni by highlighting the remarkable impact AmeriCorps makes across our nation, every day.

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Erica Yoon

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Erica Yoon

Erica Yoon, joined Citizen Schools after graduating from UC Berkeley with a Bachelors majoring in Cognitive Science Education minor. Serving as a AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow at Greenleaf K-8 Elementary School family in Oakland, California, she says “I love this job! It is definitely a position that comes with various challenges, but the relationships I make and the improvements I see on a daily basis keep me going.” Outside of work, she enjoys going for swims, playing Monopoly Deal, and singing karaoke.

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.

Celebrating Our Team: Citizen Schools Annual Awards

Each spring at Citizen Schools brings a flurry of energy and activity. Spring WOW! season: the culmination of another year of programming and celebration of the hard work of our students and campus teams; graduating yet another class of our hard working AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows; and the palpable buzz and youthful excitement you find in any school environment that grows with each passing day that brings us closer to summer.

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Jamal Smith

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Jamal Smith

I wanted to service the young people in my community through the education field by creating unique programs and raising awareness on opportunities. Citizen Schools is continuously making efforts to achieve equity through education and nurtures and encourages teaching fellows to prioritize forward thinking. As a teaching fellow, I have developed valuable skills with the help of my colleagues and campus directors that I will be able to take with me after my two years of service.

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Madeline Vargas

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Madeline Vargas

I decided to become an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow because I wanted to have the opportunity to discover If teaching was a possibility for me. I am currently In school majoring in Early Childhood Education and plan to continue for my B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Middle School and High School Education.

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Andrew Luck

AmeriCorps Member Spotlight: Andrew Luck

1.Why did you decide to become an AmeriCorps VISTA?

I became an AmeriCorps VISTA because I wanted to go a different direction with my professional life and gain an experience that I would not have anywhere else.

Enrichment added at East Somerville school

Enrichment added at East Somerville school

Fifth- and sixth-graders at East Somerville Community School have additional learning opportunities, including the chance to serve as apprentices, through a new partnership. The nonprofit Citizen Schools is providing enrichment and academic support to students both in school and during after-school hours to help develop real-world skills and guide them toward college and career success.

TF Spotlight: Liana St. Bernard

TF Spotlight: Liana St. Bernard

I decided to be an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow because I've met so many adults impacted by childhood trauma. I feel like if someone was able to be a positive light to them in their childhood things could have been different. It made me reflect on my life and the support I had. At that moment I realized my calling to be a resource to children through education. 

TF Spotlight: Barbara Lindor

TF Spotlight: Barbara Lindor

I decided to be an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow because I genuinely love children. I wanted to learn from the students and well as my teaching and assisting the CT's during the apprenticeship. I remember teachers checking me and making sure I was on a path of success and that is what I want to contribute as well. It's funny because I still remember some of the analogies and life lessons that my elementary teachers taught me. 

Class of 2017 Massachusetts Teaching Fellows celebrated in graduation ceremony

Class of 2017 Massachusetts Teaching Fellows celebrated in graduation ceremony

Citizen Schools Massachusetts Teaching Fellows, staff, friends and family gathered at Citizen Schools Headquarters in Boston to congratulate TF2s as they finished their two years of service. Campus directors supervisors were on hand to personally congratulate each TF and share moments from their time at schools around Boston and Chelsea. 

AmeriCorps Matching Institutions

AmeriCorps Matching Institutions

There are a number of institutions across the US that recognize the hard work, dedication and drive of AmeriCorps members. They offer a variety of inscentives like matching tution funding to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.  See a list of participating universities in the Citizen Schools footprint below, or browse the full list here.

An Interview with Sydney Chaffee, 2017 Teacher of the Year

An Interview with Sydney Chaffee, 2017 Teacher of the Year

Sydney Chaffee came to Citizen Schools as an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow, looking for a way to start her teaching career. She spent two years teaching at schools in Boston with citizen Schools before working at Codman Academy in Dorchester. Sydney was recently awarded the National Teacher of the Year award for her work at Codman Academy. We asked Sydney how her time at Citizen Schools has influenced her work as a teacher.

Creating a World of Opportunity

"What those training sessions and your life's lessons can never prepare you for is what you will see when you realize that those faces staring back at you are our world's opportunity."

Former Teaching Fellow Ashley Miranda shares an original poem, inspired by her work as a TF in Boston. This video was shot and edited by Ashley's brother Elias Miranda - a former Citizen Schools student and current Massachusetts Board Member - with his production company EMP.

This video debuted at our WOW!NOW Gala last week, where we honored TripAdvsior as partner of the year.

A small school caught in the crossfire of AmeriCorps debate

A small school caught in the crossfire of AmeriCorps debate

Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, Mass., could lose vital funding for most of its teachers if the AmeriCorps program is slashed from the federal budget. But such a threat also exposes the challenge of providing a tuition-free, private school education for students from low-income families.