“Hearing about my students’ lives reminds me of why I was so eager to join Citizen Schools as an eight-year-old, and today, these are the same things that motivate me each day I wake up for work,” says teaching fellow Sophia Pompilus.
Citizen Schools partners with public middle schools in low-income communities to give kids an expanded learning day. By working with the nonprofit, districts add about 400 hours of instructional time to the school day—complementing traditional lessons with hands-on learning, academic support, and structured homework time.
Every semester, Citizen Schools students participate in 10-week apprenticeships taught by volunteer Citizen Teachers. Over the course of the apprenticeships, students transform into designers, lawyers, advisers, and much more, learning first-hand how their current academics apply to future pathways. Afterwards, the students take part in WOW! events where they get to teach their teachers, parents, and community what they learned.
These young adults get access to the resources of local communities, companies, governments, and philanthropies. Not only are they put on a track for academic success, the students’ connection with Citizen Teachers also helps them build their social and emotional skills.
“As a teaching fellow, we have several jobs in one. We teach lessons, manage behavior, mentor, counsel, analyze data, support other teachers, and more,” says Malcom Morse. “There is so much work to do, but you can see the impact in small ways every day.”
Learn more about Citizen Schools, then apply to be a teaching fellow. And do it quickly—the organization is looking for people to apply before July!