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Impact at Work Employee Volunteer Spotlight: May Chen

Impact at Work Employee Volunteer Spotlight: May Chen

This holiday season, we’re spotlighting May Chen, one of our inspiring employee volunteers from Fidelity Investments. May has now volunteered on two skills-based volunteering projects, where she helped develop a Salesforce community application for Citizen Schools and an IT assessment and strategic roadmap with Metrocrest Services. Throughout both projects, May has been an incredible team player and is extremely dedicated to developing the most effective deliverable for her nonprofit partners.

Volunteer Program Connects Underserved Students with Practical Science

Volunteer Program Connects Underserved Students with Practical Science

A memory popped up on my Facebook feed this morning of an event five years ago today at Neal Middle School in Durham.

Students gathered in the gym to make contact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Nancy Currie was there to share her experiences living in space, and students asked questions of Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Don Pettit aboard the station.

Congratulations to the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winners!

As we say here at Citizen Schools, it takes a village to serve our students. Among the leaders in that village are volunteer Citizen Teachers, who play a critical role in introducing students to engaging opportunities and diverse careers. During the 2015-2016 school year, over 2,300 Citizen Teachers taught more than 1,000 apprenticeships, impacting over 5,300 students across our network.

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Each year, The President of the United States recognizes those who volunteer for causes across the country through the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Hundreds of our Citizen Teachers are among the recipients.  For some, this is their very first honor. For others, it is part of a collection of Presidential Awards, representing the many semesters they have returned to teach. For all, this is a testament to their civic leadership.

This year, 398 volunteer Citizen Teachers received recognition from the President at the gold, silver, and bronze award levels. Each level corresponds to a specific level of engagement - and reflects an incredible investment in the students we serve:

  • 67 Gold award winners for teaching four of the past four semesters
  • 83 Silver award winners for teaching three of the past four semesters
  • 248 Bronze award winners for teaching two of the past four semesters

Volunteers from our National Leadership Partners (Biogen, Cisco, Cognizant, and Fidelity Investments) accounted for 45  awards, and 80 of our partner companies were represented in the overall total.

We are celebrating these volunteers around the network throughout the summer at WOW!s and at Citizen Teacher social events. This award is a meaningful way to reinforce the impact Citizen Teachers have on the community, and a way to show our appreciation for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion with students.

Please join us in celebrating their dedication!


Adam Richlin-Freelance Cinematographer, NY Alex Lawing-UNC,NC Allie Temkin-Common Threads,IL Amanda Kaufman-US Environmental Protection Agency,NC Amelia Molina-TX Andrea Folmer-Bank of America,NC Anne Bowie-WilmerHale, LLP,MA Arthur Everett-EMC,NC Bargavi Errabolu-Deloitte,IL Bill Good-Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization,MA Bin Wu-SanDisk,CA Brenda williams-Russell Williams Group,IL Bridget Tomes-Fidelity,IL Christopher Haid- New Valence Robotics,MA Cindy Gabriel-Deloitte, IL Cody Spencer-Chicago Public Schools,IL Dana Lindberg-Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky + Popeo PC,MA Daniel Oldman-EMC,NC David Schneier-Fidelity,NC Donna Fontana-Fidelity,NY Douglas Campbell-retired teacher, CA Ed Lau-Microsoft,NC Elena Satraitis-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL Emily Biegner-Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers,MA Emily Hodge-Choate Hall + Stewart LLP,MA Erin Buckman-Credit Suisse,NC Francis Jang-SanDisk,CA Genevieve Aguilar Reardon-Choate Hall + Stewart LLP,MA George Mykulak-WilmerHale, LLP,MA Giovanni Green-Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza,NY Hannah Hannawi-Credit Suisse,NC Hio Lam Lao-Deloitte Consulting, LLP,IL Hong Zou-EMC,NC Jacob Rea-Fidelity,NC Jacqueline Mantica-Choate Hall + Stewart LLP,MA James Reid-Credit Suisse,NC Jamie Dickerson-Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky + Popeo PC,MA Jared Cohen-WilmerHale,MA Jean-Yves Ntamwemezi-Microsoft,MA Jennifer Blood-Freelance,NY Jerry Diehl-EMC,NC Joe Darko-Microsoft,NC Joel Burke-Kittehface Software,TX Josh Glazer-Bank of America,NY Kari Shearer-Shell Oil Company,TX Katherine Kelley-Digitas,MA Kelley Coyne-Women's Audio Mission,CA Kelsey Kreamer-Nielsen,NY Kerry Laidlaw,CA Leora Rodenstein-WilmerHale,MA Lisa Berkshire-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL Liston Rice-Shell Oil Company,TX Madison Gardner-Credit Suisse,NC Marty Stanton-Cisco,NYNJ Meeghan Salcedo-Cognizant,NJNJ Michael Bevilacqua-WilmerHale,MA Philip ArmstrongBank of America, NC Robert P.Mersereau-Aldrich Astronomical Society,MA Roland Labana-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL Rosema Hermano-EMC,CA Ryan Futrell-Fidelity,NC Sanjay Kadiwala-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL Sean Anderson-Fidelity,IL Sonya Johnson-CPCC STARS Alliance,NC StevenCooper-SanDisk,CA Steven Garza-Boy Scout of America,TX Susan Freeman-Northeastern University,MA


Adaeze Ezeh-Synaptics Inc.,CA

Adam Harbour-SanDisk,CA

Aditya Jeet-Google, NY

Ahmed Elsayed-Hikvision Usa, Inc. IL

Albert Cheng-ADEA NYU Chapter,NY

Alena Golovchenkol-Ernst & Young LLP,NY

Alexandra Ross-EPA,NC

Alexandra RiewerMotorola Mobility,IL

Alfred Reed-Bank of America, NC

Alice Saiki-Cisco,CA

Alice McCormack-ExpressJet Airlines,TX

Alison Dally-Bank of America,NYNJ

Amanda Marvelle-Biogen,NC

Amanda McKibbin-Biogen,NC

Amber Haskell-MFS Investment Management,MA

Ana Linton-Intralinks,NYNJ

Anant Shukla-Google,NYNJ

Andrew Puckett-Fidelity,NC

Angela Tessin-Cisco,CA

Anil Koluguri-EMC Corporation,NC

Ann Guilinger-athena health,MA

Anne Coulombe-Intralinks,MA

Annie Martin-Athena Health,MA

Anthony Furino-Newberry Campa Architects,TX

Anya Estrov-Google,NY

Arbora Malushi-Northern Trust Bank,BOSMA

Arturo Perez-EF Education,MA


Ashley McFarland-Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated,NC

Barbara Serven-Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services,MA

Bashir Afzaliself-employedCA

Bernardine Bernard-BNY Mellon,MA

Beth Bond-ForGoods,IL

Bill Joyce-Fidelity,MA

Brad Seiler-Square,NY

Bradley Mertes-American Eagle Airlines,IL

Brandon Duncan-Keller Williams Preferred Realty,NC

Brent Ramsey-Massachusetts Department of Transportation,MA

Brian Dailey Eaton-Vance Management Inc,MA

Brian Peltonen-Fidelity Investments,MA

Britton Picciolini-Google,IL

Brooke Callahan-American Express,NYNJ

Brian Towey-Cognizant,NC

Caio Mattos-CapitalOne,NY

Caitlin Cook-ExpressJet Airlines,IL

Carla KupeArion-National Organization of Black Law Enforcement - Chicago Metropolitan Chapter,IL

Carol Rosenberg-Google,NYNJ

Catherine Lee-NYU College of Dentistry,NYNJ

Cayla Yang-EMC,MA

Celeste Brown-Schweitzer Fellowship,NC

Charles Knipper-Deloitte Tax LLP,IL

Chavi PayalSharma-YW Boston,MA

Chi Le-Wayfair LLC,MA

Chivas Nambiar-Verizon Corporation,MA

Chris Otto-Otto Family Foundation,IL

Christine Okike-Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP,NYNJ

Christopher McIndoe-Stoneturn Group, LLP-MA

Chuck Shaw-Google,NYNJ

Cindy Song-Ernst & Young,NYNJ

Claire Keady-Bank of America,MA

Clarke Egerton-Fidelity,NC

Clementina Nunez-City of Houston,TX

Dan Burton-Google,CA

Danielle Hurlburt-Ernst + Young,NYNJ

Darrell Ford-DRF Industries, LLC,TX

David Dillon-VMware,MA

David Landry-Verizon Corporation,MA

David Saff-Google,MA

Dawn Webb-Bank of America,NC


Dennis Arrowsmith-Houston Grand Opera,TX

Derek Lin-NYU School of Medicine,NY

Devika Dhawan-American Express,NY

Diana BatistaLa-Economica Meat Market,MA

Dmitriy Zemel-Pratt Institute,NY

Donna Steadman-Hines Inc.,TX

Dwayne Jones-Fox Sports Network,NC

Edina Lemo-Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.,NY

Eli Wylen-Google,MA

Elizabeth Fargo=Intralinks,NY

Elle Song-Microsoft,NC

Eric Biegeleisen-Broadmeadow Capital,MA

Farah Ali-Citizen Schools Club,NY

Fernanda Sanovicz-School of Visual Arts, NYNJ

Forrest Pieper-New Valence Robotics,MA

Frankee Bullock-Fidelity,NC

Gabrielle Bailey-Wayfair LLC,MA

Gilbert Chaidez-Unity Care,CA

Gina Coletti-Northern Trust,MA

Giriraj Vaithulu Gopal-Cognizant,NYNJ

Godffrey David brown-Oakland School Police,CA

Grant Brown-UBS Financial Services - NYIL

Griffin Mueller-Cisco,NC

Harry Bullen-Google,NYNJ

HilarySmith-Citizen Schools,CA

Hirashini Shanmugaraj-Google,CA

Jack Fleming-Athena Health,MA

Jake Jagust-Deloitte Tax LLP,IL

Jake Sherin-Motorola Mobility,IL

James Woody-Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated,NC

James Shipley-National Amateur Sports,NC

Jane Parris-Phillips Exeter Academy,MA

Janelle Arthur-H.E.R. Heart Foundation INC,NY

Javar Christian-Bank of America,NC

Jeanne Harran-Intralinks,MA

Jeffrey Easton-Fidelity,NYNJ

Jennifer DiCola-Fidelity,IL

Jeremy Eisemann-Liberty Mutual Group,MA

Jesse Parker-The Nieslen Company,NY

Jessica Lyssy Perry Homes,TX

Ji YunHan-NYU College of Dentistry,NY

Jin SupShin-NYU College of Dentistry,NY

John Studley Jr-EXOS/Google,MA

John Bliss-SCI Consulting Group,CA

John Spreer-Lending Club,CA

John Gagne-United Continental Holdings, Inc.,IL

John Lisy-UBS Financial Services,IL

Jonathan Tang-Aztec Technologies,MA

Jonathan Calhoun-Bank of America,NC

Jonathan Kwan-Raytheon Company,MA

Josefa Palma-Legal & General,IL

Joseph Dunn-Fidelity,NC

Jovan Oliver-New Jersey Institute of Technology,NJ


Julie Palomba-Amplify,NJ

Justyna Malz,MA

Kadia Tubman-Nielsen,NY

Karen L.Pickerill-PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP,NY

Kavita Ramachandran,NJ

Kaydene Bennett-Pricewaterhouse Coopers,NY

Kelly Petrich-Cisco,CA

Kemena Brooks-Laurel Street Residential,NC

Kenneth Wade-Corvisa,IL

Kenon Fachon-Wayfair LLC,MA

Kevin Cullen-Fidelity,MA

Keyna Chow-Ropes & Gray,CA

Khalil Um'rani-North Side Credit Unions,IL

Kimberly Amick-Biogen,NC

Kiza Forgie-AIA - Houston Chapter,TX

Koren Underdue,NC

Kristen Thomas-Wayfair LLC,MA

Kristen Carroll-Citizen's Schools (Baylor College of Medicine,)TX

Laila Ameri-WilmerHale,MA

Lauren Johnson-Common Threads,IL

Lea Kilraine-Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Lisa Xia-Nielsen,NY

Lori Egan-Bank of America,MA

Louise Bhavnani-City of Charlotte,NC

Lucero Luna Miranda-Girls Who Code,NY

Lucy Vasserman-Google,NY

Lyndon Tran-Citizen Schools Club NYUCD,NY

Lynne Crawford-Cisco,CA

Madelyn Herzog-FoodCorps,MA

Manali Mehta-Shell Oil Company,TX

Mari Badger-Self Employed,MA

Mario Calzetta-ExpressJet Airlines,TX

Mary Ann Fiscus-Motorola Mobility,IL

Mary T.Howard-Soaring Birds,MA

Mat WolffA-IA - Houston Chapter,TX

Max Simchowitz-Capital One,NY

Megan Wagner-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL

Megan Petrik-Bank of America,NC

MeredithMcWeeney-Citizen Schools,CA

Mical Nobel-Athena Health,MA

Michael Merritt-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL

Michael Riley-Goulston & Storrs,MA

Miguel Betancourt-Rice University,TX

Morgan Matthews-Ernst & Young, NY

Najla Long-Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP,NY

Nathaly Lozano-Verizon Corporation,MA

Nathania Reid-Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP,NY

Nedum Aniemeka-Project Exploration,IL

Niccole Marcial-Colgate-Palmolive,NJ

Nicole Mahoney-Lending Club,CA

NicoleBrown-LS3P Associates LTD,NC

Nikhil Nathwani-Microsoft,MA

Omoyeni Makindeomo-Yeni LLC,NY

Onalie Sotak-Google,MA

Oscar Teunissen-PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP,NY

Paris Cherry-YWCA,MA

Patrice Tanti-ThermoFisher Scientific,CA

Patrick Kennedy-Salem Access Television,MA

Patrick Gries-Motorola Mobility,IL

Paul Truong-SanDisk,CA

Pauline Vogl-Cisco,CA

Pell Osborn-Motion Art,MA

Peni Garber-ABRY Partners,MA

Praagyan Pokharel-VMware,MA

Prasanna Pilla-VMware,MA

Rachel Pollinger-Cambridge Associates,MA

Rachel Shack,WilmerHale-MA

Rachel Madsen-Legal & General Investment Management America,IL

Rajitha Chaparala-Intralinks, MA

Raquelle Kaye-Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP,NY

Rebecca Moles-Eaton Vance Management Inc.,MA

Rebecca Tang-Google,NY

Rebecca Carrizosa-Ropes & Gray,CA

Ricardo Martinez-Martinez Architects,TX

Richard Achee-Google,NYNJ

Richard Wolny-Motorola Mobility,IL

Richelle Mechenbier-Xylem Inc.,NC

Robert Mersereau Jr.-No 9 Park Restaurant,MA

Robert Taylor-Liberty Mutual,MA

Robert Ford-DRF Industries, LLC,TX

Robert Johnson-Tabernacle of Prayer For All People Inc.,NY

Rodrigo Chandia-Google Inc.,MA

Roger Pease-Enbase Solutions LLC,TX

Rosaland Hopkins-Fidelity, NC

Ruxandra Calin-EY,NY

Saba Jangda-Citizens School Club, NYUCD NY

Sabiya Bacchus-Munroe-Fidelity,NY

Sabrina Pham-Citizen Schools Club NYUCD,NY

Sam Polyak-Fidelity Investments,MA

Sameer Ahmed=WilmerHale,MA

Sara Li-Fidelity,MA

Sara Loudon-Ernst & Young LLP,NY

Sarah Michael-Baylor Pediatric Student Association,TX

Scarlet Vaickus-Motorola Mobility,IL

Seth Conyers-Northern Trust,IL

Shailesh Kumar-United Continental Holdings, Inc.,IL

Sheri Brazley-Common Threads,IL

Shirley Wells-Ernst & Young LLP,NY

Shoun Hill-The Associated Press,NY

Shruti Nagarajan-Cambridge Associates,RI

Simon Pilecki-King's Chapel,MA

Simon Kingaby-Piedmont Natural Gas,NC

Stephanie Moreno=Baylor College of Medicine,TX

Stephen Cross=Fidelity,MA

Stephen Friedenthal-Cisco,MA

Steven De Nicola-Nielsen,NY

Sudharsan Chandraprakash-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL

Susan Gronbeck-US Trust,NY

Tracy Callahan-Biogen,MA

Tracy Horridge-Thermo Fisher Scientific,MA

Tristan Foley-Goulston & Storrs,MA

Tyrone Hall-Durham County Department of Public Health,NC

Valerie Young-athenahealth,MA

Victoria Gemme-New England Baptist Hospital,MA

Vincent Armentano-Northeastern University,CT

Vincent Passafiume-United Continental Holdings, Inc.,IL


Ya QingChen-NYUCD,NY


Yolanda Brewer-National Organization of Black Law Enforcement - Chicago Metropolitan Chapter,IL

Zach Fields-Mintz Levin,MA

Zach Cloyd-Ropes + Gray,MA

Zachary Zuniga-Scribe America,CA


Alexandra Reynolds-WilmerHale,MA Allison Levin-Fidelity,IL Anne-Marie Stevenson-Latta Plantation Nature Center,NC Ashok Moghe-Cisco,CA Benjamin Lucas-Yeshiva University,NY Bijal Shah-Credit Suisse, NC Bob France-SanDisk, CA Bradley Wynn-Legal & General Investment Management America,IL Brandi Williams-Polished Pebbles,IL Brendan Nolan-Piedmont Natural Gas,NC Brian Smith-Dominion Solution Corporation,TX Carol Lenox-US Environmental Protection Agency,NC Carrie Isaacman-Independent,NYNJ Christine O'Donnell-Bank of America,NYNJ Christine Style-Communications with Style,CA Claire Weber,CA Coleman Poag-EMC,NC Corey Cronin-City National Bank,CA Cory Spinney-Digitas,MA Daniel Burns-Deloitte,IL Dimitri Alves-Lockheed Martin,NJNJ Doug Leonard-Coca-Cola Bottling Co.,NC Douglas Reagan-Cisco,NJNJ Emily Thomas-Rice University,TX Eric Teasdale-Choate Hall + Stewart LLP,MA Eric Friedman-eSkill Corporation,NY Eric Frackleton-Microsoft,MA Ethan Apter-Google,MA FadiAfa Al-Refaee-SanDisk,CA Harriet Hoder-Wilmerhale,MA Itzik Gilboa-SanDisk,CA James Hershberger-Houston Grand Opera,TX Jason Lee-Intel Corporation,CA Jeffrey Whitley-Shell Oil,TX Jody Weber-Bank of America Corporation,MA John Ryan-Fidelity,MA Jorge Nava Piedmont-Natural Gas,NC Julia Wrobel-Columbia University,NYNJ Julia Conner-Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department,NC Kaela O'Donnell Belk, Inc,NC Kate Mohorn-SAS Institute,NC Kelly Flook-Thermo Fisher Scientific,CA Kenneth Barron-Fidelity,NC Kesha Diamond-Apthorp Pharmacy,NYNJ Kim Kiesow-EMC,NC Lauren Riley,MA Leah Segal-WilmerHale,MA Luke Fernandes-Legal and General Investment Management,IL Marcos Guerrero-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL MARK FULLMAN-DELOITTE TAX LLP,IL Meghan Bourke-Legal & General Investment Management America,IL Mica Warton-YWCA,MA Michael Walker-Alexander/Ryan Marine & Safety,TX Michael Silver,IL Monica Hauser-Motorola Mobility Foundation,IL MorganMoss-New Valence Robotics,MA Moriska Selby-The Correctional Association of New York,NYNJ Niamh Fitzgerald,IL Nisha Saboo-Deloitte Tax LLP,IL Nykeya Woods-True Star Foundation,IL Paschell Sutton-Jersey City Board of Education,NY Penny Temple,NY Qian Cheng-ADEA NYU Chapter,NY Rachel McIntosh-Kastrinsky-ASPPH/EPA,NC Rachel Stout-Houston Public Library,TX Rebecca Holub-Google,NY Reginald Liger-Cisco,NC Roy Fralin-Fidelity Investments,NC Seth Moskowitz-WilmerHale,MA Shira Schindel-Litographs,NY Shruti Gopinathan-Johnson Controls,CA Shuran Liang-Citizen Schools Club NYUCD,NY Siva Krishna Titti-Cognizant,NYNJ Susie Forbath-Athena Health,MA Swati Gokhale-Cognizant,CA Tej Gokhale,CA Tiffany Feng-Digitas,MA Travis Smith-Shell Oil Company,TX Vanessa Gaskin-Ernst & Young LLP,NY Victor Chow-NYUCD,NY WaiMay Chee-PwCNY,NY William-Merritt-Bank of America,NC Yana Malysheva-Google,MA Yasmilka Clase,NY

Congratulations to the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winners!

As we say here at Citizen Schools, it takes a village to serve our students. Among the leaders in that village are volunteer Citizen Teachers, who play a critical role in introducing students to engaging opportunities and diverse careers. During the 2014-2015 school year, over 2,300 Citizen Teachers taught more than 1,000 apprenticeships, impacting over 5,300 students across our network.

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Each year, The President of the United States recognizes those who volunteer for causes across the country through the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. Hundreds of our Citizen Teachers are among the recipients.  For some, this is their very first honor. For others, it is part of a collection of Presidential Awards, representing the many semesters they have returned to teach. For all, this is a testament to their civic leadership.

This year, 422 volunteer Citizen Teachers received recognition from the President at the gold, silver, and bronze award levels. Each level corresponds to a specific level of engagement - and reflects an incredible investment in the students we serve:

  • 61 Gold award winners for teaching four of the past four semesters
  • 70 Silver award winners for teaching three of the past four semesters
  • 291 Bronze award winners for teaching two of the past four semesters

Volunteers from our National Leadership Partners (Biogen, Cisco, Cognizant, Fidelity Investments, and Google) accounted for 66 awards, and 80 of our partner companies were represented in the overall total.

We are celebrating these volunteers around the network throughout the summer at WOW!s and at Citizen Teacher social events. This award is a meaningful way to reinforce the impact Citizen Teachers have on the community, and a way to show our appreciation for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion with students.

Please join us in celebrating their dedication!


Ailey Crow, CA - Pivotal Software, Inc.Albert Ching, CA - Google Alfonso Perez, MA - New Valence Robotics Amelia Molina, TX Andrea Folmer, NC - Bank of America Anne Bowie, MA - WilmerHale, LLP Arthur Everett, NC - EMC Arun Joseph, NC - EMC Becki Holub, NY - Google Bill Good, MA - Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization Bin Wu, CA - SanDisk Brian Smith, TX - Dominion Solution Corporation Carol Lenox, NC - US Environmental Protection Agency Christopher Haid, MA - New Valence Robotics Coleman Poag, NC - EMC Daniel Oldman, NC - EMC Donna Fontana, NY - Fidelity Investments Douglas Campbell, CA Douglas Reagan, NJ - Cisco Ed Lau, NC - Microsoft Emily Hodge, MA - Choate Hall + Stewart LLP Emily Thomas, TX - Rice University Eric Frackleton, MA - Microsoft Eric Teasdale, MA - Choate Hall + Stewart LLP Erin Buckman, NC - Credit Suisse Gayle Moberg, NY – GDM Market Solutions Harry Bullen, NY - Google Hong Zou, NC - EMC Jacqueline Mantica, MA - Choate Hall + Stewart LLP James Reid, NC - Credit Suisse Jerry Diehl, NC - EMC Jesse Nocon, MA - Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization Joe Darko, NC - Microsoft Joseph Eveillard, MA - Cambridge Adventure Day Camp Josh Glazer, NY – Bank of America Katherine Kelley, MA - Digitas Kelley Coyne, CA - Women's Audio Mission Kelly Flook, CA - Thermo Fisher Scientific Kerry Laidlaw, CA Kimone Gooden, CA - Cisco Kirstin Frazell, NY - Facebook Leanne Measroch, NC - Microsoft Linda Lazor, CA MacCalvin Romain, MA - Digitas Martin Stanton, NJ - Cisco Melanie Closs, NY – The Other Side Michael Bevilacqua, MA - WilmerHale, LLP Neil Jacobs, MA - WilmerHale, LLP Philip Armstrong, NC - Bank of America Prateek Sachdeva, CA - Oracle Rachel Stout, TX - Houston Public Library Rachele Louis, CA - Gensler Rebecca Dodder, NC - US Environmental Protection Agency Robert P. Mersereau, MA - Aldrich Estronomical Society Rosema Hermano, CA - EMC Ruth Gitlin, NY – Angelo, Gordon & Co. Shivani Mehta, NJ - Johnson & Johnson Sonya Johnson, NC - CPCC STARS Alliance Susan Dickey, CA - Google Victoria Ho, CA - Google William MacKrell, NC - SAS Institute


Adam Richlin, NY

Aisha Davis, NC - Microsoft

Alex Lawing, NC - UNCC

Amanda Kaufman, NC - US Environmental Protection Agency

Ana Lopez, MA - Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky + Popeo PC

Andree Fryar, NC - Wells Fargo / Wachovia

Angela Berry, NC - City of Charlotte

Anne-Marie Stevenson, NC - Latta Plantation Nature Center

Aric Sangruchi, CA - Space Systems/Loral

Audrey Hoiles, MA - Cambridge Associates

Aya Rothkopf, CA - Space Systems/Loral

Bara Reyna, TX - NASA

Benjamin Eld, MA - Digitas

Bill Stitson, MA - Trip Advisor, LLC

Brian Conley, MA - Microsoft

Brianna Muhlenkamp, TX - Shell Oil Company

Chris Casanova, NC - Microsoft Corporation

Cindy Gabriel, IL - Deloitte

Cody Spencer, IL - Chicago Public Schools

Daniel Davison, NY - Bank of America

David Konczal, IL - Motorola Mobility Foundation

David Rahmani, TX - Shell Oil Company

Erika Schroeder, NY - Pratt Institute

Ethan Apter, MA - Google

Faris Werr, NC - Wells Fargo / Wachovia

Genevieve Aguilar Reardon, MA - Choate Hall + Stewart LLP

Gifty Mansaray, MA - Edwards Middle School

Giovanni Green, NY

Hall Cherville, NY - AB

Jared Cohen, MA - WilmerHale, LLP

Jean-Yves Ntamwemezi, MA - Microsoft

Jennifer Blood, NY

Jocasta Conyers-Johnson, TX - The Women's Fund for Health Education and Research

Jody Weber, MA - Bank of America

Justin Forman, NY - Google

Karen Nee, MA - Bank of America

Kesha Diamond, NY - Apthorp Pharmacy

Kiara Byrd, IL - Project Exploration

Kim Kiesow, NC - EMC

Kweku Ulzen, NC - Microsoft

La Rue Ragan, CA - Raven Works Field Sports Ministry

Lauren Kupersmith, MA - Goodwin Procter LLP

Leora Rodenstein, MA - WilmerHale, LLP

Lisa Berkshire, IL - Motorola Mobility Foundation

Mark Melfi, NC - Fidelity Investments

Martin Lopez Diaz, Jr., CA - LifeLong Medical Care

Megan Petrik, NC - Bank of America

Micaela Warton, MA - YWCA Boston

Michelle Hocking, CA - Google

Molly Berman, NY - Planned Parenthood

Nanelle Napp, NC - Bank of America

Olubukola Ashaolu, NY - National Employment Law Project

Onalie Sotak, MA - Google

Rachel Klooz, NY - Google

Richard Carey, MA - Thermo Fisher Scientific

Robert Mersereau Jr., MA - No 9 Park Restaurant

Robert Shames, MA - Choate Hall + Stewart LLP

Roland Labana, IL - Motorola Mobility Foundation

Roy Fralin, NC - Fidelity Investments

Ryan Futrell, NC - Fidelity Investments

Samantha Powers, MA - Microsoft

Sanjay Kadiwala, IL - Motorola Mobility Foundation

Scott McConnell, MA - Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Sowji Karumuri, NC - EMC

Susan Freeman, MA - Northeastern University

Tanisha Myers, NC - Wells Fargo / Wachovia

Tayeb Karim, MA - Google

Valerie Peicher, TX - Baylor College of Medicine

William Davis, NC - Credit Suisse

William Merritt, NC - Bank of America

Announcing 20 Extraordinary Citizens

Blog20Final Guest Post by CEO Steven Rothstein

As we set out to reflect on our first 20 years, we asked you to nominate Extraordinary Citizens: people who have made our last two decades possible, and whose work will inspire us through 20 more.

Now, It’s Time to recognize them. We selected our first batch, a group of 20 Extraordinary Citizens, who have worked tirelessly to help us reimagine public education and reach millions of low-income students across the country.  With your help, we’re thrilled to announce this list of visionaries, supporters, teachers, education leaders, students, and partners.

The list includes our founders, who first said It’s Time to involve every citizen we can as we strive to close the opportunity gap for students. It includes national supporters who believe that It’s Time to invest in actualizing the dreams of our students. It includes Citizen Teachers and AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows, who know It’s Time to invest in bringing real-world skills to tens of thousands of students.

We’re grateful for the role they’ve played in supporting our mission. They represent the thousands of Extraordinary Citizens who have made our first 20 years possible. Through our entire 20th anniversary season, we’ll continue to shine a light on others like them. Thank you for being a part of this community.

Andrew Balson, Citizen Schools Board Chair 2006-2014 and CEO, Match Beyond

Alex Belous, Education Portfolio Manager, Cisco Foundation, Cisco Public Benefit Investments

Anne Bowie, Citizen Teacher and Public Service Manager, WilmerHale

Marsha Feinberg, Citizen Schools Board Chair 1996-2001, Founder and CEO, Beacon Academy Cisco Bill Joyce, Citizen Teacher, Fidelity Investments

Tony Kingsley, Chairman, Biogen Foundation

Woodrow McCutchen, Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Tulaine Montgomery, Citizen Schools Founding Staff Member, Partner, New Profit Inc.

Sherif Nada, Citizen Schools Board Chair, 2001-2006, Retired President, Fidelity Brokerage Group

Nicole Perdue, Of Counsel, Perdue & Kidd, L.L.P, Citizen Schools Texas Advisory Board Chair Board

Ned Rimer, Faculty Director, Health Sector Management Program, Lecturer & Executive in Residence, School of Management, Boston University, Citizen Schools Co-Founder

MacCalvin Romain, Citizen Schools Student Alumnus 2000-2003, Senior Technology Analyst, DigitasLBI

Yaritza Sanchez, Citizen Schools Student Alumna, McCormack Middle School, 2007-2010; Stonehill College, Class of 2018

Steven Schwartz, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Cognizant

Eric Schwarz, Citizen Schools Co-Founder and former CEO

Moriska Selby, AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow Alumna, Citizen Schools Campus Director and Managing Director of Programs in Massachusetts; Education Leadership Doctoral Candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Wendy Spencer, CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

Larry Summers, Citizen Schools Board Chair 2014-present, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University

Megan Webb, Citizen Schools Campus Director, 2007-2013, Principal, Orchard Gardens K-8 School

John Werner, Citizen Schools Founding Staff Member, Head of Innovation and New Ventures, Camera Culture Group, MIT Media Lab

In Service,


Citizen Teachers Making an Impact

This is the third post in a series of blog posts featuring Citizen Schools’ program in New Jersey. This installment features a Q&A with two volunteer Citizen Teachers, Scott Bohlen and Michael Manbeck, who share the impact they’re making with students in Fidelity Investments’ Secrets of a Millionaire apprenticeship at Chancellor Avenue Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey. See the first post in the series here and the second post here.  CT-with-Students-300x279Why did you decide to volunteer with Citizen Schools?

Mike: For me, it’s the right thing to do. My upbringing was all about morals, values and doing the right thing by your family and by your friends. This is doing the right thing. As an organization, Fidelity typifies honesty and integrity for doing the right thing for our clients. [Volunteering] is Fidelity doing the right thing for the kids. And honestly, we’ve gotten a lot out of it as well.

Scott: Certainly, Mike covers a lot of the benefits to the community. I think one of the things that I found interesting was the whole idea of providing students with opportunities to understand different careers, the different things that they could do with their lives, and how that ties back to what they’re learning in school. Personally, that was a big tie in–to be able to provide that spark to get kids actually interested in what they’re learning during the day and making that tie to the real world.

Scott, do you have any success stories being that this is your third apprenticeship with us?

Scott: There are always success stories. We’re focused on presentation skills as one of the 21st century skills in this apprenticeship. We’ve been able to develop a great environment with the students where they feel willing to take chances. We have a lot of volunteer opportunities [for the students] to come up to the front of the classroom and share their ideas. I was actually pleasantly surprised a couple of weeks ago when one of the team leaders from Citizen Schools whispered to me that she was so impressed that one of my students presented in front of the class because it wasn’t anything she’s ever seen her do during the regular school day.* For me, that was a great success story. But there are a number of stories like that from my other apprenticeships where we’re making a positive impact.

Mike: I completely agree with Scott. Given that this is my first year doing Citizen Schools, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I would advocate that this is the right thing for everyone in corporate America to do-spend their time, come in, and try to help the kids. There are basic foundational principles that will go a long way for the children.

In Secrets of a Millionaire, have you noticed any impacts with the students?

Mike: Scott nailed it. It is about taking kids out of their comfort zone. This evening, I noticed that one reserved student, who was scared to present, got up in front of more than 20 people during the site visit. I went over and gave her a big pat on the back. She said, “Wow! I did it.” I replied, “Since you did it once, you can do it a second time, third, fourth, etc.; keep increasing the size of the audience and even the topics can get more complicated.” You could see the proverbial light bulb going off in her head at that moment. She had a great sense of accomplishment and in turn, so did I.

How is your apprenticeship preparing students for the future workforce?

Scott: Our apprenticeship is focused on financial literacy, so obviously that is a big target for us. Our firm’s primary goal is to help people live the lives they want and one way we can start to do that is by building financial literacy with students. But it is also things around [financial literacy] that are just as important like problem-solving skills and presentation and communication skills. These are skills that students are actually going to use throughout the course of their careers.

CT SpeakingWhat has been your favorite moment thus far?

Mike: Getting the kids up and presenting what they are learning, and the children seeing themselves accomplish the things they didn’t know they could do–except for me. I see them getting to a different playing field, essentially going from the minor leagues to the majors. These are skills that they will carry on for years to come.

Scott: My favorite moment was actually tonight. We had 7 volunteers present to a room full of people on a topic that they had 15 minutes to think about. The fact that they had enough confidence in their presentation skills, which we’ve been working on throughout the course of the apprenticeship, impressed me. In moments like that, I can see that we’re really making a difference.

*Citizen Schools campus staff works with the school’s staff during the morning’s “first shift”.

Manbeck and Bohlen

Fidelity Investments is a proud national partner of Citizen Schools. Thank you Scott and Mike for your leadership!

For more information about being a Citizen Teacher in New Jersey, please contact Ashley Drew, Civic Engagement and Operations Associate, at


Congratulations to the 2014 Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winners!

The President of Citizen Schools, Emily McCann, uses the phrase "it takes a village" to demonstrate the amount of talent and dedication needed to create the impact that Citizen Schools has on students. Among the ‘village’ of talent and dedication are our volunteer Citizen Teachers. During the 2013-2014 school year there were over 2,500 Citizen Teachers leading about 1,000 apprenticeships, impacting over 4,900 middle school students across 7 states!   From September to May these volunteers give their time to middle school students, mentoring them on topics such as video game design, mock trial, stock market investments and more. After one semester in the classroom, hundreds of volunteers go on to teach again, for several semesters and even years in a row.

While we celebrate the end of the school year and thank our Citizen Teachers, there is one more individual that extends his gratitude for their service, the President of the United States. Each year, the President recognizes those who volunteer for a cause across the country with the President's Volunteer Service Award program.

This year, 375 Citizen Teachers were recognized by the President at the gold, silver and bronze levels. Each of the levels corresponds to an incredible amount of time inspiring students:

43 Gold award winners for teaching four out of the last four semesters

71 Silver award winners for teaching three out of the last four semesters

261 Bronze award winners for teaching two out of the last four semesters

Throughout the summer, volunteers received their awards at appreciation events across the country. Many companies and organizations have also recognized the great efforts of their employees at the appreciation events and internally.

Join us in celebrating these mentors for helping students to dream big and reach their full potential. In particular, we would like to thank the 43 gold level awardees who have made the commitment for four consecutive semesters to consistently impact students in their community. Congratulations on your accomplishments and impact on student’s lives! We thank you all for your service.


Emily Hodge, Choate Hall + Stewart LLP

Jacqueline Mantica, Choate Hall + Stewart LLP

Eric Teasdale, Choate Hall + Stewart LLP

Scott McConnell, Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Timothy Bazzle, Goodwin Procter, LLP

Onalie Sotak, Google

Bill Good, Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization

Jesse Nocon, Massachusetts Youth Rugby Organization

Brian Conley, Microsoft

Kyle Crawford, Mintz Levin Cohon Ferris Glovsky + Popeo PC

Anne Bowie, WilmerHale, LLP

Robert Mersereau Jr.

Robert P. Mersereau Sr.

New York

Donna Fontana, Fidelity Investments

Richard Mooney, CAW Afterschool Artworks

Ruth Gitlin, Angelo, Gordon and Co.

New Jersey

Damani Roach, Prudential Investments

Douglas Reagan, Cisco

Douglas Lebrecque, Rutgers SPAA

James Hainis, H.E.A.R.T. Martial Arts

Shivani Mehta, Cognizant

North Carolina

Arthur (Charlie) Everett, EMC

Carol Lenox, Environmental Protection Agency

Edward Lau, Microsoft

Elvira Johnson, CPCC STARS Alliance

Hong Zou, EMC

Jerry Diehl, EMC

Joe Darko, Microsoft

Kathy Cummings, Bank of America

Kim Kiesow, EMC

Megan Petrik, Bank of America

Nanelle Napp, Bank of America

Philip Armstrong, Bank of America

Rebecca Dodder, Environmental Protection Agency

Sasha Bouldin, NC Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program

Sonya “Rudy” Johnson, CPCC STARS Alliance

Taylor Clawson, NC Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program


Cindy Gabriel, Deloitte


Glenn Lowenstein, Terrain Solutions, Inc.

Mark Jernigan, NASA


Kimone Gooden, Cisco

Kelley Coyne, Women’s Audio Mission

Susan Dickey, Google

Forbes - Breaking Good: Transcending The Good For Others/Good For Me Tradeoff

Forbes - Breaking Good: Transcending The Good For Others/Good For Me Tradeoff

Happiness is good. Actually it’s found in the pursuit of three goods: good for others, good at it, good for me. Even better, a study by the University of Vermont on Citizen Schools‘ impact has shown that this is not an either/or situation. You can pursue what is good for others, what you’re good at, and what is good for you all at the same time

Citizen Teachers Build Skills While Teaching Skills

Dr. David Jones is a professor of management in the School of Business at the University of Vermont.  My first exposure to Citizen Schools was in Spring 2012 when I agreed to conduct an independent assessment of how serving as a volunteer Citizen Teacher might affect employee volunteers in ways that benefit both them and their employer. Through my work with Citizen Schools, I’ve seen first-hand the dramatic impact that Citizen Teachers can have on young minds, exposing middle school students across the country to new experiences and opportunities in a variety of careers.

The Huffington Post: Citizen Power, Multiplied

The Huffington Post September 13, 2013

Citizen Power, Multiplied

As part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of Citizen Schools, authored an opinion piece to recognizing the power of national service to mobilize thousands of volunteers. The series is in conjunction with the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11th and the 20th anniversary of the signing of the AmeriCorps legislation on September 20th.

"'I want to be a professional football player in the NFL," Abdullah said, on the first day of a professional networking class he signed up for at his middle school.

Jessica Fick, a former member of AmeriCorps, was facilitating the class with Charlie Bini, an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow who was serving at the Louise A. Spencer School in Newark, NJ. Their goal was to help each student discover a dream and begin mapping a path to achieving it." Read the rest of the Citizen Power, Multiplied.

Concluding Six Years of Partnership in New Mexico

After six years of partnership with schools and communities in New Mexico, Citizen Schools is closing its New Mexico operations at the end of this academic year, ending our direct service in Albuquerque, Mescalero, and Santa Fe.

Earlier this spring, Citizen Schools made the decision to end our school partnerships in Albuquerque and Mescalero due to differences between the districts’ chosen strategies to increase student success and those offered by the Citizen Schools model. In Santa Fe, we had hoped to deepen our partnership with the district, but deep fiscal constraints, due in part to sequestration, have forced a difficult choice. Superintendent Joel Boyd has committed to allocating his sparse resources to traditional school-day investments; therefore, while supportive of the Citizen Schools model, he is not able to commit the funds that enable Citizen Schools to continue providing services.

We have boundless gratitude to the people with whom we have partnered, and who have supported us to provide life-changing Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs to more than 2,000 students. Citizen Schools will continue to be an advocate for ELT in New Mexico and for real-world learning through hands-on apprenticeships.

Hundreds of generous and dedicated people have inspired students and engaged families, stewarded by the principals of the three schools, Diane Garcia Piro, Cardinal Rieger, and Pat Garcia, and leaders of the Citizen Schools programs, Kendra Engels, Velina Chavez, and Kate Preteska. Each of these individuals has contributed her wisdom, commitment, enthusiasm and joy to infuse engaging learning with the magic that makes Citizen Schools' program special.

As a pioneer in the ELT movement, we have gained crucial insights into the factors that drive student success. Perhaps the most critical factor is the depth and scope of partnerships between providers of ELT programming and school districts. These partnerships ensure that Citizen Schools can tailor the academic support we offer, evaluate our impact with rigor, and resource the opportunities we provide to drive systemic change beyond our direct service.

Over the past six years, students in Santa Fe, Mescalero, and Albuquerque have gained access to resources within their community that have changed the trajectory of their lives. WOW! moments have included visiting colleges in Colorado and Texas; networking at an event hosted by Fidelity Investments; discovering the science of the bosque; building solar cars with volunteers from Sandia National Labs; connecting remotely with NASA Engineers in Greenland; creating a newspaper with the Santa Fe New Mexican; and exploring Apache art with tribal elders. These experiences made an impact. They changed lives.

In the last school year, 84% of Van Buren students reported a high level of access to college and career connections, 100% of apprenticeships at Mescalero were rated high quality, and 85% of De Vargas students improved their oral communication skills. Participants in the ELT program at De Vargas Middle School made double digit gains in math proficiency and substantial gains in English Language Arts – outpacing other schools in the district and across the state.

We have been delighted and amazed by the outpouring of support from the New Mexico community for our model, and have watched hundreds of Citizen Teacher volunteers and AmeriCorps teaching Fellows help students discover and achieve their dreams. And while we are disappointed to end our partnerships in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Mescalero, we are confident that these districts will continue their efforts to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for their deserving students.

PHOTOS: A WOW! Affair 2013

On April 3, 2013, more than 500 people gathered at the Marriott Copley to celebrate what's possible when citizens and schools team up. The annual gala for Citizen Schools, A WOW! Affair, is designed to give supporters a chance to witness the impact they're having.

First, VIPs attended a reception honoring the Citizen Teacher of the Year (perennial writing coach Jolie Siegel) and two winners of the Sherif Nada Leadership Award (Citizen Schools alumni Kevin Martinez and David Gonzalez). Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick even dropped in to congratulate board members and school partners.

Then guests interacted with a WOW! Gallery, a showcase of nine apprenticeships from this school year. Students came straight from school to teach the elegant crowd about chromatography, mathematical codes, LED programming, and the writing process--as learned from volunteers from Google, Cognizant, Cubist, Weber Shandwick, and more.

Inspired by the amazing things Boston's middle schoolers have learned, attendees bid on silent auction items that would expand their horizons--adventures in travel, culinary experiences, and exclusive access to sporting events.

Finally, the Citizen Schools team assembled for a storytelling program honoring long-time partner Fidelity Investments. Co-founder and CEO Eric Schwarz remembered the year Citizen Schools students showed Boston's Mayor Tom Menino how to use the Internet. Fidelity's Ron O'Hanley accepted the award on behalf of the company's employee volunteers, and thanked the nearly 900 Fidelity associates who have personally taught apprenticeships, as brought to life in this upbeat video.

And the evening culminated in the story of Eli (pronounced "Ellie") Martinez, whose journey through Orchard Gardens K-8 School was dramatically shaped by the team of adults connected by Citizen Schools. The powerful video concluded and the cast reunited live on stage. Orchard Gardens Principal Andrew Bott concluded the evening with a stirring call to the citizens present:

"I am used to fighting for what I know my students need. I need Citizen Schools to continue their work at Orchard Gardens."

The citizens answered the call with $570,000 worth of gifts--exceeding our goal. Thanks to you, Citizen Schools can keep expanding the learning day at schools in Massachusetts and beyond, helping students like Eli discover and achieve their dreams.

VIDEO: Fidelity's Investments In Kids

Citizen Schools connects companies from every sector to middle schools. Some of the deepest connections have come through a partnership with Fidelity Investments. Citizen Schools' 2013 gala, A WOW! Affair, honored Fidelity for this partnership. This video introduces us to the company's dedicated volunteers, who connect their passions for writing, finance, and technology to the dreams of Boston's young people.

Over the last 15 years, almost 900 Fidelity employees have volunteered to teach Citizen Schools students across the country. That's about 7,000 volunteer hours, bringing to life more than 100 apprenticeships in topics ranging from financial literacy to drumming, from robotics to web design.

WOW! indeed.

PRESS RELEASE: Citizen Schools Recognizes Fidelity Investments For Its Long-Term Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Holly Trippett, Citizen Schools, Office: 617.695.2300 ext. 1161, Cell: 301.452.3904


BOSTON, APRIL 4, 2013 – Eric Schwarz, CEO and co-founder of Citizen Schools, last night recognized Fidelity Investments® for its long-term partnership and extensive involvement with the organization at an event in Boston.  Ron O’Hanley, president of Asset Management and Corporate Services for Fidelity Investments, accepted the honor on behalf of Fidelity and its employee volunteers.

Founded in Boston in 1995, Citizen Schools is a nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country.  The organization deploys thousands of “citizen” volunteers to help improve student achievement by teaching skill-building apprenticeships and through participation in other programs that supplement their school curriculum.  Fidelity volunteers have worked as writing coaches, taught financial education, documentary film, a stock market game, robotics, app and web design and more.  Fidelity was honored at “A WOW Affair,” an annual gala and volunteer recognition event during which students share what they’ve learned over the past several months with parents, friends and the community at large.

"I thank Citizen Schools for their work on behalf of our children and look forward to our continued partnership to close achievement gaps and give all of our students the opportunity to succeed," said Governor Deval Patrick, who attended the gala.

Fidelity's affiliation with Citizen Schools began in 1998 and has grown and expanded over the years.  During that time, roughly 900 Fidelity employees have volunteered with Citizen Schools and directly impacted the lives of more than 2,500 students.  Fidelity is the lead national partner of Citizen Schools’ 8th Grade Academy program and supports the organization’s work in Boston, North Carolina, New York and New Jersey.

“Fidelity is one of our longest-standing partners, having supported Citizen Schools for over 15 years and setting the bar for deep, strategic collaboration between the private sector and the non-profit sector,” said Eric Schwarz.  “Fidelity volunteers have invested 7,000 hours and have lead as one of our top providers of financial literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) apprenticeships. Their impact on students is tremendous, but their contribution to our organizational success is dramatic as well, with seven executives serving on our regional and national boards – more than any other partner in our history. Fidelity is truly making a difference and influencing systemic change with their visionary approach to partnership and financial education.”

Fidelity’s partnership with Citizen Schools is part of its overall commitment to education, particularly financial education.  Fidelity’s employees help ensure that students and families in need have the educational foundation to attain personal and financial success.  Fidelity and its associates are committed to sharing skills, experience and resources in ways that are innovative and effective and that benefit the communities in which we live and work.

In accepting the award, Ron O’Hanley commented, “Fidelity embraces – wholeheartedly – the vision of Citizen Schools, namely that, by involving citizens from all walks of life in the education of our children, we can inspire thousands of young people and open their eyes to limitless possibilities before them.  Education is absolutely fundamental for people to succeed in life – personally, professionally and financially.  I am truly honored to accept this award on behalf of everyone at Fidelity, and in particular all of our employees who have volunteered their skills, time and wisdom to Citizen Schools and their students.”

About Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. Citizen Schools uniquely mobilizes thousands of adult volunteers to help improve student achievement by teaching skill-building apprenticeships. The organization’s programs blend these real-world learning projects with rigorous academic and leadership development activities, preparing students in the middle grades for success in high school, college, the workforce, and civic life.

Founded in Boston in 1995, Citizen Schools has grown into a national network of thirty-one partner schools serving over 5,300 students in low-income communities across eight states.  For more information, visit

About Fidelity Investments

Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $4.0 trillion, including managed assets of $1.7 trillion, as of Feb. 28, 2013.  Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms.  For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit

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So Much More Than a Fundraiser

Spring is finally here and we are gearing up for our gala events across the country. This year we are more excited than ever to celebrate success, share results and get ready to take on next year's challenges. The upcoming events in Boston, New York, Charlotte and Mountain View and are so much more than your typical fundraisers. We chatted with our busy event planners about what makes these three galas so special... 1. A WOW! Affair, Boston, Massachusetts

awa1In the spring of 1999 the first A WOW! Affair gala was held in a board member's backyard. It has now grown to an event of nearly 500 attendees. In addition to an important fundraiser, the gala is also a celebration of our schools, teachers, volunteers and most importantly our students.

This year we are particularly thrilled to be honoring long time national leadership partner, Fidelity Investments, for their commitment to supporting the Citizen Schools mission. The event will feature a short speaking program, as well as a gallery of student work from apprenticeship classes across the state . We're excited to re-introduce our silent auction which is back by popular demand. Stay tuned for a list of great items you won't want to miss!

Event Details:

April 3, 2013 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Boston Marriott Copley Place

Register Here

2. Calling All Citizens, New York, New York

20120502-CitizenSchoolsGala-145Citizen Schools New York is engaging the city in style this year at the fourth annual Calling All Citizens benefit. This year, the event will be hosted at the classic New York landmark, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The evening will be a celebration of growth-- growth of the program, growth of school and corporate partnerships and most importantly growth of the students.

Guests will enjoy a beautiful cocktail reception followed by a brief speaking program where they'll hear from a surprise honoree and a former student who will share how Citizen Schools has impacted her life. The evening will be focused on celebrating the students-- featuring a gallery of student work and a chance for students to teach guests what they learned in their apprenticeship classes. Don't miss the opportunity to launch rockets, experience socially conscious advertising and learn which stocks will earn you the big bucks--all presented by incredible students.

Event Details:

When: May 20, 2013 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

Register Here

image3. Citizen Schools Breakfast: Celebrating Community CollaborationCharlotte, North Carolina

This spring the Celebrating Community Collaboration breakfast is the first event of its kind for Citizen Schools North Carolina. Hosted at the iconic Mint Museum Uptown, this event is a chance to celebrate Charlotte’s culture of community impact, bringing together leaders such as Katie Belk Morris of The Belk Foundation, Charles Bowman of Bank of America and Principal Jennifer Dean from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, who will all be honored at the event.

This event is particularly timely with the release of a longitudinal study showing the positive impact of the Citizen Schools program on the first cohort of participants who graduated from middle school in 2008. We are thrilled to announce that one of these bright young adults will be joining us to speak at the event. You won't want to miss hearing her story.

Event Details:

When: May 15, 2013 8:00- 9:30 a.m.

Where: Mint Museum Uptown

Event Website

4. BenefitED, Mountain View, California

CA_Benefit (1)Citizen Schools California is delighted to celebrate our first ever benefit on May 7th, 2013 at the Computer History Museum.

We are planning an evening of celebration for everyone who has committed so much to our schools- our corporate partners, our Teaching Fellows, our volunteer Citizen Teachers, our students and many others.  Guests will enjoy a host of pairings- from food and wine to STEM and student projects, to partners and students. We hope you will join us for our inaugural event!

Event Details:

When: Tuesday, May 7, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: Computer History Museum

Register here

Even if you can't attend one of these events, you can support the Citizen Schools mission to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income children with a donation today.

Return on Investment: Middle School Skills Pay Off Years Later

It began as a way to fill her afternoons, to spend time with her friends. She didn’t think it would lead her to build new life-changing relationships and help pave the way to an exciting future. Roobvia Bernadin became a part of Citizen Schools as a 6th grader at the Washington Irving Middle School in the Roslindale section of Boston in 2004. A month into the extended-day program, she and her classmates watched presentations from an array of volunteer teachers, offering apprenticeship courses for them to choose based on their passions. One choice caught her eye: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, with Fidelity Investments.”

“They get you with that title! It was so enticing,” Roobvia proclaimed, relaxing on spring break from college in Worcester. “I never would have guessed that I would be learning about stocks and bonds at that age.” She didn’t guess either that she would be going home and sharing with her mom her weekly lessons, including the importance of establishing spending “needs” versus “wants.” 431596_10150707817839739_12951774_n The three volunteer Citizen Teachers from Fidelity including Karen Jacquart, filled their classes with so many relevant examples that Roobvia still carries the lessons with her to this day. “The day we learned about loans was also the day I learned how careful you have to be about borrowing money,” she recently recalled.

Although their lessons might not have been immediately applicable to the young 6th grader and her peers, understanding the basics of finance has helped her manage her own money and provide advice to others. “I try to advise my friends now, especially now that we’re all in college. I tell them, ‘Be careful of that interest rate, you’ll owe more than you’ll get!’”

The importance of planning was brought to life again as she entered 8th Grade Academy, a key element of Citizen Schools’ program developed through Fidelity’s national partnership. “I didn’t want to sign up at first,” she reflected. “The Saturday morning wake-up calls for college visits weren’t appealing, but my TL [Team Leader] wouldn’t give up and she got my mom to convince me.” And as soon as she joined, she never looked back.

“As soon as I got to know people in the program, I felt like I had known them forever. We all got along so well. I now had this bubble of friends in Boston that all went to other schools. I never would have met them otherwise.” But it wasn’t only the companionship of new friends that kept her coming back. “I’m so thankful [to 8th Grade Academy] for teaching me how to select and apply to the top tier high schools,” a process every 8th grader must navigate in Boston.

With the assistance of her 8th Grade Academy mentors, Roobvia was able to take and pass the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and got into John DO'Bryant School of Math & Science. Through the program she also learned about Boston Arts Academy, which has an auditions based application process. After she was accepted into the school she decided to continue to pursue her passion for music and enrolled in the high school. “Had I not learned about these processes [in 8th Grade Academy], I would have gone to a district school and may not have had such a great education.”

It was in 8th Grade Academy that she was also exposed to what lay beyond high school.  Few of her friends in 8th grade were thinking about college let alone visiting campuses regularly. “It was great to be able to visit a college as an 8th grader and already have an idea of what college is like, what the classrooms look like, what the students are saying about it. None of my friends had that.”

This early planning and visualization helped Roobvia as she entered high school at Boston Arts Academy, pursuing her passion for singing. As a junior, Roobvia even sang her way through a speech at Citizen Schools’ annual gala, A WOW! Affair, reflecting on how apprenticeships and 8th Grade Academy helped give her middle school experience “swing”.

The “swing” Roobvia developed in her middle school years helped to carry her through high school as she prepared for her future. She already knew what lay ahead for her college plans, she knew the admissions process, and she knew the financial planning necessary to get there.

Citizen Schools continued to influence her during high school as she secured an internship at the national headquarters in Boston. She was sitting in on a training session for mentors when the instructor described the learning process. She was fascinated to discover how the brain, particularly that of a young student, learns and retains information. She was hooked on neuroscience.

Currently a sophomore at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., Roobvia is on track to major in music with a pre-med concentration. She hopes to one day become a brain surgeon who uses music as a therapy to help her patients, combining her passions.

This April, Citizen Schools will again hold its “A WOW! Affair” gala in Boston, and although Roobvia won’t be bringing her singing talents to the stage, students currently participating in “Invest like a Millionaire, with Fidelity Investments” (the current adaptation of the “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” apprenticeship) and the 8th Grade Academy writing program will be teaching back what they’ve learned. Fidelity and its employees will be honored for their volunteerism and  long-standing national partnership.

Roobvia is already looking ahead to her future. “I know that I’ll have a bigger network in the future because of 8th Grade Academy and the people in that program. We’re each doing exciting things separately and I see us working together down the line.” With tools from Citizen Schools and Fidelity, the lessons of middle school are bound to pay off wherever her journey takes her!

Capturing the Citizen Teacher Experience: Part 3

Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment in a series by Citizen Teacher and Fidelity Risk Manager Albert Terc. Albert recently completed a semester of teaching a documentary film-making apprenticeship in Newark, New Jersey. This past fall I took on a role that was brand new to me; Citizen Teacher. Upon reflecting on the ten weeks in which I led a group of middle school students on a path to discovery I am proud, fulfilled and overjoyed.

Albert Terc with Citizen Schools staff members

Honestly, I had a few reservations going into the semester. The first few classes with my students were difficult. I had never taken on this type of volunteer commitment and I really didn't know what to expect. The students seemed timid at first. Their attitude was one of “having to be there” rather than “wanting to be there.” I envied the teachers who seemed to know what they were doing.

Everything changed when the students held a camera in their hands. What surprised me most about my time with the students was the way they came to life when they began actually working on their film. I figured they would start off really engaged and trail off towards the end of the sessions. The total opposite happened. When the students broke out into groups, taking on the roles of cameraman, director, and interviewer, they took complete ownership of the project. They had been listening those first few weeks, even when I thought they weren't. They took the knowledge I had given them and truly ran with it.

Framing the shot

My favorite moment of the semester happened when the students interviewed their peers as part of the filming. As I mentioned in my previous story, the students chose school lunch nutrition as the topic for their film. During the interviews I overheard some of the students go off script.

They wanted to start a petition to actually change the lunches at their school. They explained the issue to their peers and inspired them to join the cause. Seeing the students willing to go that extra step is what this is all about. They saw how the issue directly affected their lives, and saw how documentary film can play a role in making change happen. They saw how they could actually make a difference because of the apprenticeship. That was the moment I saw the true impact I had on them.

I witnessed the students grow over the ten weeks I spent with them. I truly believe that whenever they come across something that they feel is unjust they will be able to make a difference and find ways to solve the problem whether with film or not. They developed very adults skills in the class-- teamwork, social skills, problem solving -- and I saw those skills at work in the film they created.

I was transformed during the experience as well. I gained communication skills and definitely learned how to play to my audience. They’re not adults, but they’re not just kids either, and I had to learn to speak to them so that they would have the light bulb moment where they would say, “Oh, I get it.”

At the WOW! event at the end of the semester when the students had the chance to show their film and teach back what they learned, the kids knocked it out of the park. I was proud to have my colleagues from Fidelity attend, along with the students’ families and teachers. Several of the parents actually asked for a copy of the film so they could send it to the school district to get the ball rolling on improving school lunches. The kids were able to enact change and inspire the audience. It was an incredible moment.

If there is anything that teaching an apprenticeship with Citizen Schools has taught me, it is to expect the unexpected. I didn't expect the students to become so invested and enthusiastic about the topic, but they continued to amaze me throughout the semester. Things didn't always go as planned and there were several extra Sunday afternoon planning sessions with my Teaching Fellow staff partner, but we worked with what we had and the end result was great.

I definitely recommend this experience to anyone considering it. It beyond exceeded my expectations and I am a better person because of it. Seeing the kids come to life and become so invested in a topic they previously knew little about was truly remarkable.

You can experience the same transformation as Albert by signing up teach what you know and love today.

The Opportunity of an Expanded School Day

What could you do with 300 hours of extra time? In five states – Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Colorado, and Tennessee - select school districts decided to add 300 hours of time to the school day and year. At Citizen Schools, we see the benefits of a longer school day every day, but there are many ways that schools can add time. Barnett Berry, the founder and president of the Center for Teaching Quality, and Rick Hess, the Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, recently reflected on the potential change that expanded learning time (ELT) can have on students, schools, and communities if it is utilized in strategic ways. Hess and Barnett, believe, “ELT offers a window of opportunity to break the bonds of antiquated policies, calcified school organizations, and time-honored yet artless teaching roles.”

How can we use the opportunity of a longer school day to rethink the way students learn and are taught? Hess and Barnett call out four keys elements.

  • Re-engineer the role of the teacher: At Citizen Schools our teachers look a little different than what you might be used to. We engage hundreds of young educators who have joined the ranks of AmeriCorps and lead "teams" of students in the afternoon hours. They guide students and "Citizen Teachers" through hands-on learning projects on topics beyond the basics such as robotics, crime scene investigation and electrical engineering.
  • Rethink K-12, higher education, and community-based-organization resources: At Citizen Schools we think it's possible to re-imagine the learning day for middle school students. Middle school is a critical time in a child's life and by bringing in community partners such as Bank of America, Fidelity, and Cognizant, we try to take the best of what American cities have to offer and bring them in the classroom.
  • Reallocate resources to fuel innovation: In classrooms across the country Citizen Schools students are experiencing moments of discovery. Thanks to resources from i3 and Catalyst, we have the ability to use the extra school time to promote innovation and spark a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Reframe accountability to focus on the spread of teaching expertise: Citizen Schools relies on the expertise of all kinds of teachers-- those highly trained in behavior management and classroom instruction and those from areas outside of schools. By bringing traditional teachers and professionals from all sorts of careers together, our students are getting opportunities they otherwise wouldn't.

Tiffany Cooper Gueye, CEO of Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), has her own take on what can make expanded school time successful for students, teachers, and schools. “Time has to be high quality for it to be effective. It has to reach the students who need it most -- those who are struggling academically and who lack educational opportunities and support outside of the school. And, it has to be sustainable.”

At Citizen Schools, we see the need for these elements and necessities in our daily work during a longer school day. By working with children in low-income communities, we strive to bring opportunities and resources to students who may not have received them otherwise. Our program redefines what it means to be an educator during after school hours with AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows, who provide academic mentoring and career coaching, and Citizen Teachers, professionals who volunteer their time to teach something they are passionate about.

We hope that this is only the beginning of an extended school day for the students who need additional resources and quality experiences most.

6 Degrees Closer to Their Dreams

At Citizen Schools the theory of six degrees of separation is much bigger than a connection to actor Kevin Bacon. We've seen the power of networking come to life in our students. This fall at our 6 Degrees networking events across the country, they've met engineers, bankers, artists, scientists and more. This is what happens when American citizens connect with kids...

1. New Jersey

In Newark, New Jersey, a group of 6th graders from the Louise A. Spencer School experienced 6 Degrees in an apprenticeship class led by two employees from Cognizant and Citizen Schools staff member, Jessica Fick.

On December 5, they gathered at the Cognizant office to show off their newly developed skills. Citizen Teacher and Cognizant employee, Young Lee, was proud as the kids met with his colleagues. He said, "I believe that making a good first impression and connecting with others is an important life skill to have. I was really proud to see our students grow in confidence during the event. They eased into the exercise and grew comfortable speaking with strangers and showed their confidence."

The event served as a catalyst for one young man, Abdullah, who realized that he wanted to become a mechanical engineer and work for Cognizant in the future. To read Abdullah's story and find out more about the 6 Degrees of Newark event, check out this blog post by Jessica Fick.

2. New Mexico

On November 30, a group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Van Buren Middle School headed to the Fidelity office in the Mesa Del Sol building south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In a room full of Fidelity employees, community volunteers, members of the Air Force and even former state Senator Tom Rutherford, the kids participated in an evening of speed-networking.

Interim Executive Director of Citizen Schools New Mexico Liza Aguirre-Oviedo said, "The 6 Degrees of Albuquerque event unleashed and embraced many outstanding skills and talents of Citizen Schools students.  Mobilizing over 30 volunteers representing a variety of professions, students were engaged and excited to showcase their newly developed networking skills.  Connecting with each student, listening to their take-aways and teach-backs, was truly a most compelling experience."

The students were excited too. Here's what they had to say:

Christopher Robison, 8th Grade: "We were able to use our networking skills to meet new people and learn about jobs that we might be interested in."

Kathy Rojo, 8th Grade: "I learned that if you want to be successful in life you have to have a good educational background because all the jobs that promise you a future require knowledge from college."

Jose Hernandez, 8th Grade: "I had fun because I got to talk to professional people. They gave me advice for high school and college."

3. Texas

17 students from Patrick Henry Middle School in Houston, Texas had the unique experience of learning the power of networking from Citizen Schools Texas Executive Director Todd Litton and his brother Charles Litton who is a wealth manager and UBS.

Professionals from many industries gathered at the Center for Houston's Future's downtown offices for a networking event on December 4. The event was planned in coordination with the Center for Houston's Future as a way for their forum graduates to get involved in the community. The volunteers helped show students that education makes dreams come true.

Catherine Mosbacher, President and CEO of Center for Houston’s Future said, "Not only were our Forum and LeadershipNEXT alums impressed by the students’ interviewing and networking skills,  they were delighted to learn how to impact the educational trajectory of our future leaders through Citizen Schools."

3. North Carolina

This fall students from Neal Middle School and Lowe's Grove Middle School in Durham, North Carolina, explored career pathways in the 6 Degrees apprenticeship led by volunteers from Fidelity.  On November 29 they got to meet  professionals from their dream careers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

During 6 Degrees of Durham, the students had the chance to network one-on-one with professionals from careers to which they aspire. The evening ended in an open- networking reception where the students got to experience the energy and excitement of being in a room full of successful adults.

Click here to meet the students and learn more about 6 Degrees of Durham. Click here to see photos from the event.

6 Degrees is an exciting experience that uses the power of networking to help students connect with professionals and learn about potential careers. You can support the 6 Degrees and other exciting initiatives at Citizen Schools by donating here.