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March 8, 2021
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Help Middle Schoolers

By Lisa M. Collins

Citizen Schools is recruiting volunteers to teach middle school, after-school apprenticeships for the winter-spring semester. The national non-profit partners with high-needs middle schools to extend the learning day and provide students with more time, guidance, and motivation to succeed in middle school and beyond.

The “apprenticeship” program mobilizes adult volunteers to participate in the educational process by sharing expertise and passion by teaching hands-on, skill-building projects to small groups of middle school youth. Past volunteers include employees with Nike, AOL, ConEdison, and top law firms, as well as local architects, fashion designers, dancers, photographers and chefs.

The program is recruiting volunteers to teach apprenticeships in the spring semester (Jan through May). Volunteers commit to teaching one night a week, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and are provided with professional development training sessions. Each volunteer is supported by a Citizen Schools staff member who collaborates with the volunteer to develop and facilitate the classes. No prior teaching experience is necessary.

Below are apprenticeship topics needed for Spring:

Theater; Film Production; Songwriting or Music Production; Spoken Word Poetry; Business and Entrepreneurship; Book Publishing; Journalism and Newspaper/Magazine design; Interior Design, Fashion Design; Drumming or Dance; Breakdancing; Mural Design and Graffiti; The Science of Cosmetics; Fitness and Nutrition; Team Building through Team Sports, Sports and Statistical Analysis; Stock Market Trading; Real Estate; Architecture, Blogging and Website Design; Philanthropy, Activism and Community Building; Veterinary Care or Animal Training; Community Gardening; Forensic Science; Child Care and Babysitting; Electrical or Solar Powered Engineering.

If any of these topics speak to you, or you have an additional talent or career path you would like to share, contact Citizen Schools.

Contact Heather Day, Citizen Schools-Teaching Fellow and Citizen Teacher Liaison
Urban Assembly Academy of Arts & Letters

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