Citizen Schools Middle School Model
Are your employees worried about what their
middle school youth are doing after school?
The need for high-quality after-school programming
is especially high for middle school-age children 44% of
12-year-olds across the country are home alone after the school
day ends. The American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent
Care (ABC), looking to address this critical issue and expand the
availability and quality of after-school programming at the local
level, chose the innovative Citizen Schools program as the model
to share with community-based organizations. The ABC piloted 2 programs
in 2001-2002 in Houston and San Jose and plan to continue to replicate
the Citizen Schools model in school districts across the nation.
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Citizen Schools is a Boston-based non-profit
organization dedicated to providing high-quality project-based learning
programs for 9 to 14 year olds. Founded in 1995, Citizen Schools
has served more than 2,500 young people and engaged over 2,500 volunteer
Citizen Teachers. Citizen Schools operates 12 after-school and 6
summer education programs in Boston, and supports affiliate campuses
across the country, including ABC-funded affiliate campuses in Houston,
Texas, and San Jose, California.
Citizen Schools aims to support working
families and schools, addressing community needs while helping young
people develop the skills they need to succeed as workplace and
civic leaders. The model focuses on skill development particularly
in the areas of writing, data analysis, and oral communication
and links closely to school activities and learning standards. And,
through Citizen Teacher-led Apprenticeships, the heart of the program,
young people work side-by-side with adult volunteers to master a
set of professional skills every semester, young people design
websites, produce documentaries, cook gourmet meals, argue trials
before federal judges, and much, much more.
For more information about how your company
can collaborate with the ABC to expand the Citizen Schools model
in the United States, please drop us a note at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (800) 767-9863.
For more information about Citizen Schools,
please visit www.citizenschools.org
or contact email@example.com.