Citizen Schools: Success in the Bay Area and Across the Country
May 1st, 2012
Executive Director to be panelist at Association of Small Foundations conference in San Francisco
From Calfornia to Massachusetts and New York, Citizen Schools is riding on a wave of success. This dynamic nonprofit organization, which partners with middle schools to expand the learning day, was recently featured on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Citizen Schools Calfornia is also making headlines in the Bay Area communities it serves. At a recent event in Campbell, students particpated in a Tech Challenge, generating ideas on how to save earthquake victims. In Oakland, students learned basic networking skills, developing resumes and sharing their goals with professionals. Among other projects, East Palo Alto students built solar-powered cars while closing the opportunity gap in their community.
Students in these programs are taught by teaching fellows, who participate in a two year leadership development program, as well as community professionals, who broaden student learning experiences through internships.
Citizen Schools' Executive Director, Joe Ross, has been integral to the organization's recent success. This October, Mr. Ross will serve on a panel at the Association of Small Foundation's national conference, sharing his experience as a grant recipient and learning community partner with the Bay Area's Out of School Time Collaborative. Ash McNeely, of the Sand Hill Foundation, will be a co-presenter. The Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation is developing this session, which will demonstrate how collaborations leverage community impact. To find out more about Mr. Ross, check out his profile in the latest issue of Fast Company magazine.