In our year one report on our teacher support model, Catalyst, we share lessons learned from our initial design year and the ways those lessons informed our year two approach. This approach includes a new volunteer experience design team, comprising a group of volunteers from Citizen Schools National Leadership Partner, Dell.
Today Citizen Schools, a national leader in providing project-based apprenticeship learning for middle school students in high-need, public school districts, announced, with support from Dell, its plan to expand its focus on applied science apprenticeships for students across the country. Dell joins AmeriCorps, Biogen Foundation, Cisco and Fidelity as a National Leadership Partner, Citizen Schools’ lead corporate investors.
BOSTON-- Oct. 3, 2016 - Citizen Schools is pleased to announce it has received a $100,000 gift from Dell EMC. The gift affirms Dell EMC’s continuing commitment to Citizen Schools following its historic merger, building upon EMC’s long-time support of Citizen Schools. Citizen Schools is a national non-profit focused on enriching the education of middle school students in six states through Expanded Learning Time (ELT) programs held during after school hours. “We are grateful for this generous donation from Dell EMC to support our STEM programs for over 1,500 students in Boston and Chelsea,” said Megan Bird, Executive Director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts. “As one of our deepest partners, we greatly value the support from EMC over the last six years, and look forward to continuing this relationship with Dell EMC.”
“Dell EMC is committed to closing the learning gap and giving young people access to the technology and skills they need to thrive in a connected world,” said David Goulden, President, Dell EMC. “We’re incredibly pleased to build upon our long relationship with Citizen Schools, and applaud the great work they do through their Expanded Learning Time programs for the communities in which they serve.”
This gift will directly support Citizen Schools hands-on STEM programming at 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% nationwide. Since 2008, EMC has contributed more than $1.4 million to Citizen Schools programming in Massachusetts, North Carolina and California. In that time, EMC employees have taught over 55 semester-long apprenticeships in science and technology fields including engineering, aviation, internet security, web design, robotics and entrepreneurship.
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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 http://www.citizenschools.org/